Toll in Lhasa riot rises to 10

March 15th, 2008 - 4:40 pm ICT by admin  

Lhasa, March 15 (Xinhua) The toll in Friday’s riots in Lhasa rose to 10, the Tibetan regional government said Saturday. The dead include two hotel employees and two shop owners. A mob reportedly used double-barrel rifles to kill people.

“The victims are all innocent civilians. Most of them were burnt to death,” a regional government official said Saturday.

No casualties have been reported among the foreigners, an official with the foreign affairs office, said.

“We have not received any report of foreigners being hit or killed in the riot Friday,” the official said.

The police in Lhasa rescued more than 580 people, including three Japanese tourists, from banks, supermarkets, schools and hospitals that were set alight by violent saboteurs, according to officials.

More than 160 blazes, including 40 major fires, were reported after an outbreak of violent activities that ravaged the Tibetan capital Friday.

The Lhasa government published a letter late Friday asking urban residents to support the government in its efforts to clamp down on the perpetrators.

“Stay away from activities that will cause social disturbances and harm the interests of people. Maintain social harmony, protect legitimate rights, and support the government to stop violence,” the statement said.

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