SEOUL, South Korea — A man set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday amid escalating tensions between the two countries over Tokyo’s move to impose trade restrictions against South Korea.
The man, identified by the police only as a South Korean in his 70s, parked his car near the glass and steel office tower that houses the Japanese Embassy in the center of the capital and set himself on fire inside the vehicle, the police said.
Police officers guarding the building and firefighters put out the blaze in 10 minutes. The police refused to reveal the condition of the man, except to say that he suffered burns, was hospitalized and is unable to answer questions.
Inside the man’s car, police officers found containers of gasoline, butane gas and other flammable materials.