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Fuel tanker explosion kills over 230 in Congo

07-04-2010 09:58 BJT

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At least 230 people have been killed after a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup match.

The explosion took place late on Friday. It was not immediately clear what caused the initial blast, but local people said the truck stopped when the road seemed to crumble, toppling the vehicle and spilling fuel.

Officials say another 196 people are injured, and the death toll could rise. Some people died as they tried to steal fuel leaking from the tanker, but most were killed at home or while watching football match in cinemas. Many of the bodies were charred beyond recognition. Congo's army has sent soldiers to help with the rescue.

Soldiers walk past an overturned burnt tanker in Sange July 3, 2010. At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.(Reuters)
Soldiers walk past an overturned burnt tanker in Sange July 3, 2010. At least
230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes
and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.(Reuters)


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