Asylum seeker in Germany sets wife on fire, kills self

A Syrian asylum seeker died while lighting his wife on fire at a refugee shelter in western Germany, police said Thursday.

The 31-year-old woman was being treated at hospital with serious injuries. Police said it was unclear if the couple's three children witnessed the act.

The 45-year-old man died from burns suffered after he doused his wife in flammable liquid and then lit her on fire, investigators said.

The wife and children were staying at a barn that had been converted into a refugee shelter in the town Ruedesheim, in Germany's Rhine Valley region.

The husband had moved out of the shelter and was staying a nearby residence. He returned to his family sometime early Thursday, police said.

Police were investigating what led up to the attack, noting that domestic violence had been previously reported in the family.

It took several hours for crews to extinguish the blaze, in which two other people were also injured. The shelter, in which 14 people were living, was completely destroyed.

Last update: Thu, 01/09/2016 - 20:04

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