Presidential Office expresses regret over self-immolation incident

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/05/19
By: Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Presidential Office expressed regret Tuesday over an 201505190027t0001incident 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]

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