Man sets fire to himself at tourist attraction in Istanbul as onlookers take selfies – World News

WARNING: SOOTHING CONTENT Disgusting footage captured in front of Istanbul’s historic Galata Tower shows a man on fire after allegedly setting himself on fire in front of horrified crowds


A disturbing video shows a man setting himself on fire in front of horrified passers-by in Istanbul.

A clip shows the man on fire, causing panic as viewers search for a fire extinguisher.

According to reports in Turkish media, it is unclear what prompted him to commit the horrific act and it is not known how badly he was injured.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene.

It happened in front of the historic Galata Tower in the Beyoglu district of the city this afternoon.

The horrific scene took place in front of the Galata Tower in Istanbul

People take selfies with the figure in the background

The flames were put out with a fire extinguisher and, incredibly, the man – who has not been identified – appeared able to speak to authorities after the shocking ordeal.

Footage shared online appears to show people taking selfies with the burning figure in the background.

A man and woman hold up a phone with their backs to the heartbreaking scene unfolding behind them.

It is claimed that the distraught man had been walking around with a sickle and petrol in his hand for a long time before it happened. A3 reports.

One person repented on Twitter: “One person burned himself in front of Galata Tower because of what he went through…

Luckily, local heroes were able to put out the fire

What prompted the man to set himself on fire is not known

“While the event was going on, there were kids, those taking selfies and those drinking their lemonade at the cafe.

“Where there were so many people and shopkeepers, there was no one who could stop or prevent a person’s despair before the event.”

The horrifying clip shows the man holding his arms up before falling to his knees as huge flames rip through his body.

He then lies on the floor while people watch in disbelief.

A heroic bystander is shown emerging from a local coffee shop with a fire extinguisher, which is immediately used to put out the fire.

Paramedics and police arrived at the scene and it is believed the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Authorities have not confirmed how serious the man’s injuries were.

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