Man sets woman alight on bus, injuring 10

2018-04-25 16:28
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Ten people were treated for burns after a man doused a woman with gasoline and set her alight inside a public bus in the Peruvian capital Lima, firefighters said.

Witnesses to the incident late on Tuesday said the man approached the woman aboard the bus, spoke to her briefly, doused her with fuel and set her on fire.

The attack caused panic aboard the bus in the capital's Miraflores district, as passengers stumbled out the doors or threw themselves through the bus windows, witnesses told Peru21 newspaper. The driver used a fire extinguisher to save the victim.

The attacker escaped in the confusion.

Peru's ministry for women described the incident as an "attempted feminicide" and said it was providing assistance to the victim.

"A team of specialists is in the hospital to provide care to the woman, a victim of attempted feminicide," the women's ministry said in a statement.

According to the Organisation of American States' Observatory on Citizen Security, Peru has Latin America's second-highest rate of violence against women after Bolivia.

The 10 injured passengers were treated for burns in the city's Loayza hospital.

Miraflores mayor Jorge Munoz said on Twitter he was "dismayed by the reprehensible act committed by a coward a few minutes ago against a woman, by setting her on fire when she was on a bus".

He said local authorities were putting themselves at the disposal of the police so that the attacker is caught "and punished with the full weight of the law".

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