CONGO: oil tanker flipped over and exploded

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CONGO: oil tanker flipped over and exploded

Post by falkor » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:27 am

BST 03 Jul 2010 Daily Telegraph At least 200 people have been killed and 100 more injured when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dozens of mostly earth and straw constructed homes in the Congo village of Sange, 40 miles south of the regional capital Bukavu, were engulfed in the blaze after the accident.

Five UN peacekeepers were also killed as they tried to prevent people from going near the tanker.

A police officer based in Bukavu said the accident had been caused by the truck's "excessive speed."

"Some people were killed trying to steal the fuel, but most of the deaths were of people who were indoors watching the (World Cup) match," said Marcellin Cisamvo, governor of south Kivu province.