Report: Chinese police raid Tibetan monastery

A U.S. broadcaster says hundreds of Chinese police raided a Tibetan monastery in northwestern China near where two Tibetans set themselves on fire in June to protest what activists say is Beijing's heavy-handed rule.

Radio Free Asia said Wednesday that security forces took away five monks during Saturday's raid at the Zilkar monastery in Yushu prefecture in Qinghai province.

The broadcaster cites an India-based Tibetan with sources in the region as saying that at least three of the monks were seized for providing foreign media agencies with details about the June self-immolation protests by a herder and a migrant carpenter.

A woman surnamed Zhang who answered the phone at the local government office said she had not heard about the incident.