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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.