Mauritanian sets self on fire near palace

A Mauritanian man set himself on fire in front of the West African state's presidential palace on Monday, police officials said, in an echo of the suicide that triggered an uprising in Tunisia.

Mauritanian sets self on fire near palace

A Mauritanian man set himself on fire in front of the West African state's presidential palace on Monday, police officials said, in an echo of the suicide that triggered an uprising in Tunisia.

The man, described as a 40-year-old entrepreneur from a wealthy family, was protesting alleged government mistreatment of his tribe, police sources told Reuters, asking not to be named because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

Witnesses said he doused himself in gasoline while sitting in his locked car and set himself on fire before security forces and passers-by broke the car windows to remove him. He was rushed to hospital.

Reuters

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