I.Coast immigrant sets himself alight in Rome airport

An immigrant from Ivory Coast set himself on fire in Rome airport on Thursday after receiving a deportation order, sparking panic among passengers in the busy terminal, Italian media reported.

A police officer quickly put out the flames with a fire extinguisher but the man was badly burnt and has been hospitalised in a serious condition.

He was taken away in a stretcher, wrapped in a fire blanket.

The part of the airport where he set himself on fire was closed to the public for an hour.