UK police say man apparently set himself on fire

February 28, 2009 00:23

A man apparently set himself on fire outside Britain's Parliament on Friday and he was taken to a hospital with superficial burns, authorities said. Police said the man was on fire "for a short time" in Parliament Square in the heart of London. Without saying specifically that the man attempted self-immolation, police said they did not believe anyone else was involved. "The man suffered superficial burns. He is currently in hospital and is in a stable condition," a police spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with force policy. Police said the man was 43. Peace campaigner Brian Haw, 60, who lives on the square, said the man acted without warning at about 4 p.m. (1600 GMT). Haw and other demonstrators raced over to him, pushing him down to roll him on the ground and beating back the flames with a leather jacket.

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