Report: Algerian man dies from self-immolation

January 16, 2011 22:17

An Algerian media report says a man died after he set himself on fire, while officials say a firefighter threatened to immolate himself after a dispute with his superiors.

Both incidents come after a 26-year-old in neighboring Tunisia set himself on fire last month, triggering protests that toppled the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Friday.Algeria's Liberte daily said Sunday the 37-year-old set himself alight the day before in a village near the eastern Tunisian border. He died hours later in the hospital in the town of Annaba.

Officials also said a firefighter in the eastern town of Oum El Bouaghi splashed himself with gasoline and threatened to set himself alight before colleagues talked him out of it.

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