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Asylum Seeker Threatens Self-Immolation

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Asylum Seeker Threatens Self-Immolation

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Archive photo. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Police and firefighters were called out to the Red Cross’ Reykjavík office around noon today, after receiving reports that an asylum seeker was threatening self-immolation.

The man, who is of Iranian citizenship, has been in the country for the past six months, mbl.is reports.

According to Björn Teitson, public relations officer for the Red Cross, the man arrived while staff were at lunch, and so the door to the reception was locked. He rang the bell, and when someone came outside to speak to him, he doused himself with a flammable liquid and threatened to light himself on fire.

Police special forces and Red Cross representatives attempted to talk the man out of his plans, and when he appeared to be making himself likely to harm himself, overpowered him with a fire extinguisher.

He was then taken away by police to receive medical attention.

No further details have been released.

CORRECTION: This article has been corrected. The original version, based on a news story on mbl.is, incorrectly stated that the man's application for asylum had recently been rejected. A later article on the website pointed out that his application is in fact still being processed.

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