Failed asylum-seekers set fire to cell in Vienna
Asylum claims filed by the five Afghans and one Iranian man had been rejected and they were awaiting deportation.
Police initially spoke of a collective suicide attempt but later downplayed that premise.
“We think the men wanted to highlight their unhappiness,” police spokesman Harald Soros told AFP.
The men had composed a letter which said they had no prospects for the future and mentioned dates two had been given for deportation.