DutchAmsterdam.nl — The man who set himself alight at Dam square in the center of Amsterdam yesterday afternoon has died this morning, police say.
The 36-year-old man was an asylum seeker from Iran who had exhausted his appeals to remain in the country.
Witnesses say the man first yelled in broken Dutch at people on a nearby terrace. He then poured a flammable liquid over himself and used a lighter to set his clothes on fire.
Bystanders attempted to put out the fire. The badly wounded man was taken first to a local hospital and then to the Burns Treatment Centre in Beverwijk.
Police say they have been unable to talk with the man before he died.
Last updated CET (Central European Time)
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