By: Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Presidential Office expressed regret Tuesday over an incident earlier in the day in which a man set fire to himself close to the building, and called for the public to cherish their lives.
The incident took place at around 4:40 p.m. when the man, surnamed Huang (黃), 37, first doused himself with gasoline and then walked to Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office brandishing a knife. After being rebuked by military police on guard duty, he took out a lighter and ignited himself.
He was rushed to the nearby National Taiwan University Hospital with second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, where he remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit. [FULL STORY]