Algerian sets self ablaze after rejection by police

ALGIERS — A young Algerian set himself ablaze after a police officer refused to take his complaint about a stolen bike, a senior official in an organisation representing unemployed people told AFP Thursday.

“He went to lodge a complaint about the theft of his mobylette, but the policeman who received him … refused to note it down,” national coordinator of the National Committee for the Defence of the Rights of the Jobless (CNDDC), Tahar Belabes, told AFP.

The youth of 25 later went back to the police station and set himself on fire in a suicide protest bid, Belabes added. The flames were doused and the young man was taken to the Douera hospital in Algiers with third-degree burns. Belabes said he was in a coma.

The incident on Wednesday happened at Ouargla, 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Algiers, he said.

Such violent suicide attempts have become a feature of the north African country’s social scene since January and also affect youngsters who are still going to school.
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