updated 2/27/2009 12:32:24 PM ET 2009-02-27T17:32:24

British police said Friday they were investigating a report that a man was engulfed in flames outside Parliament.

Police said London's ambulance service was attending to a man "who was apparently on fire for a short time" in Parliament Square in the heart of London.

London's ambulance service reported an "incident" and said a man had been taken to the hospital.

Earlier this month, a man was arrested outside Downing Street, home of the British prime minister, before he could set himself ablaze. The arrest on Feb. 14 came days after a 26-year-old Sri Lankan protester poured gasoline over himself and burned to death outside the U.N. complex in Geneva.

Tamils have been holding steady protests over the Sri Lanka's military action against ethnic Tamils.

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