Afghan sets self alight at German supermarket warehouse

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Posted: Jan 02, 2017 5:45 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German police say that a 19-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker has suffered serious burns after setting himself on fire at a supermarket warehouse in Bavaria.

Police said that the man poured gasoline over himself and set himself ablaze early Monday in Gaimersheim, a town between Nuremberg and Munich. He had bought the gasoline shortly before at a filling station.

The blaze was extinguished swiftly by other people at the scene, but the man was seriously injured.

The man's motives weren't immediately clear. Police say he was carrying a knife but didn't use it.