Refugee in Germany dies while trying to burn his wife alive in shelter

BERLIN (AFP) - A refugee in a German shelter died on Thursday (Sept 1) while trying to set his wife on fire, leaving the woman seriously injured and part of the building ablaze, the police said.

The 45-year-old man, whose nationality was not given, was previously known to the police, said the authorities in Ruedesheim on the Rhine river in the central state of Hesse.

The woman, who had previously separated from her husband, was taken to hospital by helicopter, the police said.

Two other people were injured in the fire in the shelter that houses 14 people.

Germany took in around one million asylum seekers last year and expects about 300,000 arrivals this year.

The mass influx has forced Germany to accommodate the newcomers in hostels, sports halls and army barracks, where crowded conditions have at times sparked violent clashes.