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Man sets local mayor on fire in Algeria

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A man in Algeria has set the head of his municipality ablaze following a legal dispute over house expansion.

The 34-year-old man waited for his victim outside a government building, before spilling gasoline on his body and setting him on fire using a lighter.

The victim has been taken to hospital and remains in critical condition.

The dispute erupted when the assailant was rejected a request to construct expansions to his house in the Algerian municipality of Sidi Sliman (35 kilometers west of the capital Algiers).