Iranian police patrol the streets of Tehran, on July 23, 2007
Iranian police patrol the streets of Tehran, on July 23, 2007 © Behrouz Mehri - AFP/File
Iranian police patrol the streets of Tehran, on July 23, 2007
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Last updated: February 18, 2014

Iranian sets self on fire at oil ministry

An unnamed Iranian oil ministry employee set himself on fire after President Hassan Rouhani paid a visit to the ministry in Tehran, media reported Tuesday.

The man, whose identity was not revealed but is reported to be 58 years old, was rushed to hospital after setting himself alight on Monday, the reports said.

Ministry spokesman Akbar Nematollahi confirmed the incident but did not provide further details nor shed light on a possible motive.

The man is now recovering, Nematollahi said.

The incident occurred after Rouhani had paid an unannounced visit to the ministry, media reported.

An unnamed source at the presidency, quoted by the ILNA news agency, denied any links between the self-immolation bid and Rouhani's visit.

"It happened after Rouhani had left the venue of the oil ministry," the source said.

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