Saudi man dies after setting himself on fire

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 22, 2011 12:32

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi official said a local man has died after setting himself on fire in the southwestern town of Samta.

It is apparently the kingdom's first case of self-immolation since an unemployed man set himself on fire in Tunisia last month and sparked riots which brought down the government.

Since that time there have been a rash of copycat immolations across the region, though with few fatalities.

Civil defense spokesman Capt. Yahia al-Qahtani said in a statement published by Saudi newspapers Saturday that the man, in his sixties, died in hospital Friday and the case was being investigated.

No name or motive was given.

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheik Abdel Aziz Al Sheikh on Thursday condemned suicide even if it was driven by harsh living conditions.


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