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Third Egyptian man sets himself ablaze in Alexandria

Third Egyptian sets himself on fire imitating Tunisia's Abouaziz

Ahram Online, Tuesday 18 Jan 2011
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An unemployed man set himself on fire in an attempted suicide in a building in the Khurshid district in Alexandria.

Ahmed Hesham El-Sayed, a 25-year-old, is the third Egyptian to copy Tunisia's Abouaziz, who set himself on fire in December triggering riots and the ultimate Tunisian revolution.

Hospital sources say that El-Sayed was severely burnt and has been unable to be questionned by police.

Police have reportedly claimed that El-Sayed had a mental problem. His father said he went up to the roof of the building and poured kerosene a carpet, stood on it, and lit a match to it, setting himself on fire.

Earlier Tuesday a man set himself on fire outside parliament in downtown Cairo, copying a similar attempt Monday, also in the same location.

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