On March 16, Tibetans in Aba County in northern Sichuan attacked a police station and set fire to a market, police cars and fire trucks. A policeman was reportedly killed in the conformation. Police reportedly fired into a crowd, killing at least eight. Later the Chinese government admitted shooting four protesters in Sichuan, but said the police fired in self defense and only wounded their attackers. Pro-Tibetan groups released photographs of bloody dead bodies on their website which they said were of victims of the Aba riots.