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94 people injured in Tibetan-inhabited prefecture riot
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15:23, March 23, 2008

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Ninety-four people have been injured in the recent riot in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gansu Province, with an economic loss of 230 million Yuan (32.6 million U.S. dollars), government officials said on Sunday.

The injured people include 64 police, 27 armed police, two government officials and one civilian. Among the injured, six police and four armed police were in dangerous conditions.

Since March 14, marches, beating, smashing, looting and arson occurred in the counties of Xiahe, Maqu, Luqu and Jone and Hezuo City in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the Aba County of Sichuan Province.

The Maqu county was one of the worst hit during the Gannan riot between March 14-19, with an estimated economic loss of more than 100 billion yuan, according to Mao Shengwu, acting governor of the Gannan prefect ural government.

Nearly all the shops in a street in Maqu were smashed, and many of them were torched. The street was covered with bricks, stones and glass fragments.

In the county seat of Xiahe, windows on buildings along streets were broken. In Amuquhu town, Xiahe, not only windows of the local government, police bureau, health center and judiciary office were shivered, but also trees in the police bureau were chopped down and televisions smashed.

Social order in Gannan has returned to normal. There has been no fresh unrest since March 20.

At least 18 civilians and one police officer have been confirmed killed in the Lhasa unrest, which also saw 382 injuries. Damage is estimated at more than 244 million yuan.

The casualties and damages by riot in Aba County, Sichuan were not available yet.

Source: Xinhua



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