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UPDATE1: Tibetan who set self on fire in Nepal dies.

KATHMANDU, Feb. 14 Kyodo

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A Tibetan man who set himself on fire Wednesday in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, in an apparent act of protest, has died of his injuries, police said Thursday.

Police spokesman Keshav Adhikari told Kyodo News that the man, who had yet to be identified, died at the Intensive Care Unit of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu at 10:30 p.m.

"We haven't been able to find his relatives yet. His body has been sent for post-mortem," police official Rana Bahadur Chand said.

The man, who was believed to be around 20 tears old, entered a restaurant next to Kathmandu's Baudhanath shrine Wednesday morning, used the restaurant's bathroom, came out, poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire.

He was burned over 96 percent of his body, doctors involved in his treatment at the hospital told Kyodo News on Wednesday.

Following the fatal self-immolation incident in Nepal and another one on Feb. 3 by a monk in a Tibetan-inhabited area of China's Sichuan Province, the Tibetan government-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, India, said in a statement it was "deeply saddened by the continuing tragic self-immolations by Tibetans in protest against the repressive policies of the Chinese government."

"The ongoing and unprecedented self-immolations by an increasing number of Tibetans in Tibet are the ultimate acts of civil disobedience against China's failed rule in Tibet," it said in a separate statement.

Around 100 Tibetan monks, nuns and laypeople have self-immolated in the Tibetan-inhabited regions of China since 2009 to protest China's occupation of Tibet, while calling for religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama from exile.

While anti-China protests by Tibetan exiles are common in Nepal, self-immolations are rare, with this being only the second known case.

In November 2011, a 25-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk poured kerosene over his saffron robe before leaving home and set himself on fire with a cigarette lighter at the same shrine after shouting 'Long Live Tibet!' The monk survived the attempt.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 Tibetan refugees who have valid refugee papers. But it is believed that thousands more, who arrived in Nepal after 1989 when Nepal stopped granting refugee papers to Tibetans, are living here illegally.
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