220 killed in Congo oil explosion

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July 4, 2010 01:33

 
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A tanker truck hauling fuel on a rural eastern Congo highway in the city of Sange, overturned, gushing oil and exploding in a massive fireball that killed about 220 bystanders, including many who had been watching the World Cup in flimsy roadside shacks, officials and witnesses said Saturday.

The truck overturned as it was trying to pass a minibus late Friday near the village of Sange, around 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Uvira, a town on the northern tip of Lake Tanganyika near the Burundi border, said Mana Lungwe, manager of the Congolese oil company that owns the truck.

The Red Cross in Congo said at least 61 children and 36 women were among the dead.

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