At least 220 villagers die in Congo oil explosion

Jul 04, 2010 02:00 AM

A fuel tanker flipped over and exploded into flames in eastern Congo overnight, killing at least 220 villagers and wounding more than 100 -- many of whom had rushed to siphon leaking liquid from the vehicle illegally, the UN and local officials said.
The truck was transporting fuel when it overturned at high speed near the village of Sange, around 20 miles north of the town of Uvira near the Burundi border.

Sange is located between Uvira and the Congolese provincial capital, Bukavu, further to the north.
After the accident, "people came out and tried to siphon the contents of the tanker," said Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission, which has rushed troops to help survivors.

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