Italian man sets himself alight on St Peter's Square
Published on Dec 19, 2013 5:23 PM
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - A 51-year-old Italian man set himself on fire on St Peter's Square on Thursday and has been rushed to hospital, a Vatican spokesman said citing the police.
Italian news agency ANSA said the man, probably already covered in fuel, could be seen in closed-circuit footage setting fire to his clothes with a lighter.
The Vatican spokesman said he had no further details on the man or the reasons for his gesture.
He has been taken to the Vatican's Santo Spirito clinic.
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