Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Man In Grave Condition After Setting Himself Alight

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By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- A 41-year-old man has been hospitalized in grave condition after setting himself on fire in Azerbaijan's Naxcivan Autonomous Republic.

Huseyn Mammadov poured gasoline over himself and set himself alight in front of the regional Interior Ministry on February 12.

His brother, Ramiq Mammadov, told RFE/RL that he is not aware of the reasons for the act.

A witness says Mammadov set himself on fire after he visited the Interior Ministry, where the issue of his taxi driver's license was discussed.

It is the fifth attempt at self-immolation in Azerbaijan since late December.

Last week, an Azerbaijani woman died after setting herself alight in Baku.

Two men publicly ignited themselves last month.

They remain in hospital.

The death of a Karabakh war veteran who self-immolated in December in Baku caused a public outcry.

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