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Jail for 'inept' arsonist injured in Rochdale takeaway attack

Hafiz takeaway and Rana Kamran
Image caption Kamran told nurses he had spilt kitchen oil on himself and then slipped and fallen

An "inept" arsonist who set himself on fire during an attack on a Rochdale takeaway has been jailed.

Rana Kamran, 28, of Briar Street, Rochdale, doused the Hafiz takeaway in petrol and set it alight in May 2012.

But he was engulfed in flames and went to hospital, telling staff he had been injured in a kitchen accident.

A jacket with traces of his DNA was later found at the scene. At Minshull Street Crown Court he was convicted of arson and jailed for 30 months.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said Kamran was linked to the arson attack at the Spotland Road takeaway by tests on the jacket.

The remnants of a petrol can were also found at the scene.

The spokesman said that Kamran managed to get to hospital and told nurses he had spilt a pan of oil on his hand and then slipped and fell.

Det Con Michael Berger said police still did not know the motive for the arson attack, but it was "clear that this was a deliberate act committed with the intention of causing as much damage as possible".

"Unfortunately for Kamran, his ineptitude led to him suffering serious injuries and proves that if you play with fire, you will get burned."

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