Mauritanian man dies after setting himself on fire

January 22, 2011 15:15

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — A family member said a Mauritanian man has died after setting himself on fire in the West African country's capital.

The 43-year-old Yacoub Ould Dahoud was transferred to a clinic in Morocco after his self-immolation on Jan. 17 in protest of Mauritania's government.Family member Mohamed Ould Abdi said the businessman died Saturday because of burns over 90 percent of his body.

This self-immolation was the first act of its type in Mauritania 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.

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