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Indonesian sets himself ablaze over unrequited love

Published on Mar 28, 2013 3:44 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian who failed to win the love of a married work colleague set himself ablaze in his office and tried to drag her into the flames, police and media reports said on Thursday.

Mr Mochamad Zikra, a 30-year-old cargo logistics employee, doused himself with petrol and set fire to himself at his Jakarta office on Wednesday, city police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP.

Local media reported that he tried to drag Ms Santi Diosaka Gumelar, a 26-year-old married colleague believed to be his love interest, into the fire with him as a female colleague struggled to pull her away.

"Both women managed to pry themselves out of Zikra's grasp and ran out of the office, suffering burns," Mr Rikwanto said. They were taken to hospital, where Mr Zikra was pronounced dead.

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