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Man 'who set himself ablaze' on National Mall dies

A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall in Washington has died of his injuries, police said today.

Officer Araz Alali, a spokesman for the District of Columbia police department said that the man died on Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted.

He added that the man was so badly burned that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records.

The man poured a can of gasoline on himself in the center portion of the mall Friday afternoon. He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help douse the flames. Police continue to investigate the man's possible motives.