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Man sets himself on fire outside embassy

A man set himself on fire outside the Libyan Embassy in Berlin on Friday.

Man sets himself on fire outside embassy
The Libyan Embassy in Berlin on Friday. Photo: DPA
The 25-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries, police said, after he poured oil over himself and then set himself on fire.
 
Security staff at the embassy managed to put out the flames burning the Tunisian-born man, but not before he had severely injured himself.
 
His act did not appear to be a political one, rather, he was in an ongoing dispute with the embassy over compensation payments for wounded soldiers, police said.
 
The man arrived outside the embassy in the Dahlem area of the city on Friday morning with a canister. When he was challenged by security staff he poured the oil on himself and then ran while on fire across the street to a grass verge.
 
Security guards caught up with him and pulled his clothes off. Police officers, who happened to be nearby, also rushed to help the man and threw a blanket over him. 
 
He was then flown by helicopter to hospital.

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Three killed in western Germany as microlight plane crashes into house

A microlight plane crashed into the roof of a house in western Germany on Saturday, leaving three people dead, including the mother of a young child, firefighters said.

Three killed in western Germany as microlight plane crashes into house
Firefighters tackle blaze after plane crashes into house in Wesel. DPA

The accident, the cause of which has not been determined, took place in Wesel, a city on North Rhine-Westphalia, according to local police.

DPA

DPA

The small plane crashed into an apartment built under the roof of the house, where a woman and her two-year-old child lived, causing a fire which gutted the place.

The mother was among the victims, along with two people aboard the plane, firefighters said.

The child was only slightly injured.

DPA

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