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Man sets himself on fire outside Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Man sets himself on fire outside Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) A man said to be around 30 was being treated at a hospital in Taipei Monday morning after he reportedly set himself on fire in front of National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall complex earlier in the day, police said.
The police gave little information about the matter, except to say that the man was an ordinary citizen with an unremarkable background.
According to local media reports, the man apparently doused himself in a flammable liquid at about 2:25 a.m., set himself alight and ran toward the main archway on the west side of the complex, which consists of a plaza framed by a grand memorial to late President Chiang Kai-shek, the National Theater and the National Concert Hall.
The man reported fell under the archway before security personnel put out the fire. He was howling in pain when emergency workers arrived to rush him to the nearby National Taiwan University Hospital, the reports said.
The man is said to have suffered burns to 90 percent of his body and is in an intensive care unit.
Police are investigating the matter. (By Yiu Kai-hsiang and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-21 17:07 GMT+08:00