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ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say at least five people assaulted a man and set him on fire in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.

Fairfax County police said on Twitter that a caller reported seeing five or six young men light a man on fire after assaulting him in Annandale on Sunday afternoon. Responding officers saw the suspects flee the scene on foot, and were able to detain two after a chase.

The victim was hospitalized with burns to his upper body and is expected to survive.

Lt. Eli Corey with Fairfax County police told WTOP-FM that detectives were interviewing the two detained and searching for at least three others.

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Corey says investigators are trying to determine what the victim was burned with and what was used to light the fire.


Information from: WTOP-FM,