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Refugee dies in German shelter after trying to set his wife on fire

The man was known to police.

File photo of Ruedesheim
File photo of Ruedesheim
Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Eagle Orlov

A REFUGEE DIED at a German shelter while trying to set his wife on fire, leaving the woman seriously injured and part of the building ablaze, police said.

The 45-year-old man, whose nationality was not given, was previously known to police, said authorities in Ruedesheim on the Rhine river in the central state of Hesse.

The woman, who had previously separated from her husband, was taken to hospital by helicopter, police said.

Two other people were injured in the fire in the shelter that houses 14 people.

Germany took in around one million asylum seekers last year and expects about 300,000 arrivals this year.

The mass influx has forced Germany to accommodate the newcomers in hostels, sports halls and army barracks, where crowded conditions have at times sparked violent clashes.

© AFP 2016 

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