Self-immolation attempt at torch relay in South Korea

April 27th, 2008 - 5:28 pm ICT by admin  

Seoul, April 27 (DPA) A man Sunday attempted to set himself on fire on the fringes of the Olympic torch relay in South Korea to protest the deportations of North Korean refugees from China, the Yonhap news agency reported Sunday. The middle-aged man covered himself with a flammable liquid in the capital Seoul, witnesses said. Before he could set himself on fire he was taken away by police.

The man claimed to have fled North Korea several years ago.

The Olympic torch relay continued Sunday in Seoul under strict security.

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