Foreigner sets fire to himself outside Iranian Embassy

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A man set himself on fire today, the day of the presidential election in Iran, and attempted to run inside the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok while ablaze.

The flames engulfing the man, identified in local media as a 40-year-old Iranian national, were quickly extinguished by embassy security guards and he was sent to Camillian Hospital at about 1pm.

According to police, the man was standing across the street from the Iranian Embassy, located on Sukhumvit soi 49/11. He was seen holding a sign that read “Don’t voted Iris,” along with three words that the police thought to be Arabic, before he self-immolated.

The investigation is ongoing, Prachachart reported.

Current Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi are seen as the front-runners in today’s election.

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