A man set himself on fire in front of the Oslo City Court on Tuesday as the trial of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was taking place in Norway.
Police told the Aftenposten newspaper that the man was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.
“He lit himself near the entrance, and the fire was extinguished by security guards and police who were on-site,” spokesperson Kjell Jan Kverme was quoted as saying. Officials said they are not sure why he set himself on fire or if it relates to Brevik’s trial.
His flame-engulfed clothing was torn off by police and security guards, but his injuries were described as serious, including severe burns on his chest, and he is now in a coma, the newspaper reported. He likely doused himself in a flammable liquid such as gasoline, officials said.
Other officials told the Dagbladet newspaper that the man appeared deranged and before he set himself on fire, claimed to be the victim of a conspiracy.
Breivik has admitted to setting off a car bomb that killed eight people in Oslo’s government district before heading to Utoya Island, where he launched a shooting spree that killed 69 people at a Labor Party summer youth camp last year.During his trial, the right-wing extremist has shown no remorse for his attacks, saying that he did it out of self-defense to protect Europe from multiculturalism and Islam.