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Baku Bus Driver Stable After Self-Immolation

  • RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

BAKU -- A bus driver in Baku has been hospitalized after setting himself on fire to protest alleged misconduct by the transport ministry.

It was the second self-immolation in the Azerbaijani capital this month and at least the sixth in the former Soviet republic since the beginning of 2014.

Police said city bus driver Arzuman Humbatov, 39, was rushed to the hospital on January 28. Doctors said he was in stable condition.

Eyewitnesses said Humbatov poured gasoline on himself and lit the fire, saying he was protesting against misconduct by Transportation Ministry inspectors.

There was no word on the details of his complaint.

A man died by self-immolation earlier in January in Baku.

The death of a Nagorno-Karabakh war veteran who set himself on fire in December 2013 to protest the poverty many veterans face prompted a wave of demonstrations across the country.