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.
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.