Two Tibetan Refugees Killed by Chinese Border Guards

Officials with the U.N.-sponsored Tibetan Reception Center in Nepal say two Tibetan refugees have been killed by Chinese border guards.

The head of the refugee center, Loudhup Dorjee, said the border guards opened fire on a group of several dozen refugees as they tried to cross from Tibet into Nepal on Saturday. About 42 people were able to cross the border. It is not clear what happened to the others.

The incident is said to have taken place at the Nangpa La pass just west of Mount Everest.

A correspondent for a mountaineering website (MountEverest.net) wrote that he heard shots and saw two people fall before Chinese troops swarmed through the Advanced Base Camp for Everest assents located nearby.

Neither Chinese nor Nepalese authorities have commented on the report.

Each year, more than 25 hundred Tibetan refugees enter nepal illegally in an attempt to reach India, where the Dalai Lama's government in exile is based.