BEIJING -- Another Tibetan has set himself on fire while shouting slogans calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet, a London-based rights group said.

Free Tibet said Lhamo Kyeb, a 27-year-old father of two children, died Saturday near a monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province. Citing a witness, it said he set himself on fire and ran toward Bhora monastery in Xiahe county and that state security forces standing nearby ran after him and tried to put out the flames.

The witness said Lhamo Kyeb attempted to stop them from extinguishing the fire, forcing them to back away, and then he walked toward the monastery and fell to the ground.

The group said nearly 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 to protest Chinese rule over the Himalayan region.

Calls to the county government and police rang unanswered Sunday. A man on duty at the prefectural government said he had no information.

The self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharmsala, India, urged the international community on Sunday to press China "to end the deepening crisis in Tibet."

"The tragic self-immolations by Tibetans would stop only if the Chinese government address their genuine and long-standing grievances, and find a lasting solution to the problem of Tibet through dialogue," Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the government-in-exile said in a statement.

Chinese authorities routinely deny Tibetan claims of repression, although they have confirmed some self-immolations and accused supporters of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of encouraging such acts. The Dalai Lama and representatives of the Tibetan government-in-exile say they oppose all violence.


Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma in New Delhi contributed to this report.

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  • Portraits of Jamyang Palden (L), in his thirties from Rebkong and Lobsang Tsultrim, 20, from Ngaba, both from Tibet's Amdo region and who died by setting themselves on fire in protest, are seen in front of lit butter lamps during a vigil for Tibetans who have immolated themselves in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, in McLeod Ganj on March 17, 2012. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This image from video, released Friday, March 23, 2012 by London-based activist group Free Tibet, reportedly shows the self-immolation of Sonam Thargyal, a 44-year-old farmer who doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire earlier this month in Tongren, a monastery town in Qinghai province, western China. (AP Photo / Free Tibet)

  • Tibetan exiles place pictures of Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi - who died after setting fire to himself in protest against China's occupation of Tibet - on the side of an ambulance which will transport his remains to Dharamsala, in New Delhi on March 29, 2012. (TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The Dalai Lama prays during a day-long fast and prayer service in honour of Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest the Chinese rule in Tibet, at Tsuglagkhang Temple in McLeod Ganj on October 19, 2011. (LOBSANG WANGYAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this file image taken from Nov. 11, 2011 video footage released by Students For A Free Tibet via AP video purports to show Buddhist nun Palden Choetso engulfed in flames in her self-immolation protest against Chinese rule on a street in Tawu, Tibetan Ganzi prefecture, in China's Sichuan Province. (AP Photo/Students For A Free Tibet via AP video, File)

  • Traditional Tibetan butter lamps burn in an altar as exile Tibetans pray for Tibetans who have died in recent spate of immolations in Tibet and India, in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)