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Man sets himself afire, say police

A 35-year-old man attempted to burn himself to death on Monday afternoon, police reported yesterday.

The man, who was not identified, is currently in hospital suffering from severe burns about the body, according to police.

Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings, police press liaison officer, said the man attempted to commit suicide around 4:30 p.m. He reportedly covered himself in gasoline before setting himself afire. The incident took place at Freetown Lane, off Shirley Street.

The man was yesterday said to be in stable condition at hospital. The car he was repairing at the time of the incident was also damaged by fire, Skippings said.

Police are also investigating two armed robberies that took place at New Providence.

On Monday, one of the robberies occurred at Mount Royal Avenue around 3:30 p.m.

A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were walking in the area when they were approached by a man who snatched a watch off the hand of one of the victims, police said.

“A struggle ensued between the males and the culprit which resulted in both males being stabbed multiple times to the body,”Skippings said.

The victims were taken to hospital in a private vehicle where one is listed in stable condition and the other in serious condition.

The second robbery took place on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at N&L Variety Store on Buttonwood Avenue and Charles W. Saunders Highway.

Skippings said two men entered the store pretending to be customers. Once inside, the men reportedly produced handguns and robbed the store of cash and a cordless phone.

The gunmen assaulted a customer before fleeing the scene on foot, police said.

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