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Fire explodes at most important shrine, no casualties reported

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof of the shrine

Fire explodes at most important shrine, no casualties reported

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof of the shrine

18 February 2018 Sunday 10:27
Fire explodes at most important shrine, no casualties reported

NO casualties was reported in a fire outbreak at the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism ,BBC quoted the Chinese state media.

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof of the shrine and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda.According to the media the blaze started late on yesterday and was soon put out.

The extent of damage to the sprawling compound is unclear. State media said there was no damage to cultural relics.

Tibet, the remote and mainly-Buddhist territory known as the "roof of the world", is governed as an autonomous region of China.

The Jokhang monastery is more than 1,000 years old and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Reports say that Chinese authorities quickly tried to block footage and images of the fire appearing on social media.

Beijing maintains strong control of news reports from Tibet, where Buddhist sites have been a focal point for separatist unrest in the past.

The fire comes as Tibetans celebrate Losar, their traditional new year, which began last friday.

Tibet has had a tumultuous history, during which it has spent some periods functioning as an independent entity and others ruled by powerful Chinese and Mongolian dynasties.

China sent in thousands of troops to enforce its claim on the region in 1950. Some areas became the Tibetan Autonomous Region and others were incorporated into neighbouring Chinese states

Azania Post

Updated: 18.02.2018 10:52
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