"I didn't have anything but small bottles," said Nouni Mohsen, a witness who works in a restaurant across the street from the courthouse about the police coming in asking for water. "They wanted to have a lot of water because there was much fire on his body," Mohsen told The Associated Press.
According to Time
, the man was taken to Oslo University Hospital with serious injuries, police said. He didn't appear to have any links to the Breivik trial, police spokeswoman Unni Turid Groendal said. "Not as far as we know," she said.
Before the incident the man had stopped by the office of Norwegian lawyer Bente Roli, where he dropped off an envelope with "confused" notes, Roli told The Associated Press, according to CBC
news. "He was disturbed. Very much," Roli said.
A video clip of the incident posted on Norwegian newspaper VG's website
showed the man setting himself on fire before stunned witnesses. He walked up to police with flames shooting up from his sweater and hat, and appeared to yell "shoot me, it hurts" in a Scandinavian language with a foreign accent.
He then ran toward the security checkpoint outside the court but turned right just before the entrance and slumped to the pavement. The man shouted in pain as police officers rushed up to him and tore off his burning sweater. "There were police officers on site and the fire was put out quickly," police operations leader Finn Belle told The Associated Press
Roli said she wasn't in the office when the man came in but her secretary met him. "He was psychologically unstable and thought he was the victim of a conspiracy," she told AP. "He thought everyone was after him because of the social problems he has." She said the man was 49 but didn't name him.
Kjell Kverme from Oslo police said the man had been taken to hospital with serious injuries to his stomach and chest, The Guardian UK reports
Kverme said the man was believed to be Norwegian.
This incident outside the Oslo district court comes a week after an Iraqi man whose brother was killed in the massacre hurled a shoe at Breivik, hitting one of Breivik's defense lawyers.
reports, Breivik has admitted to setting off a car bomb that killed eight people outside the government headquarters in Oslo and then killing 69 people in a shooting rampage at the Labor Party's annual youth camp. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant has shown no remorse for the attacks, saying the victims had betrayed Norway by embracing multiculturalism.
The trial is scheduled to run until the end of June.