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July 3, 2010

A least 200 people are dead after an oil tanker overturned Friday night and later exploded in the eastern South Kivu province town of Sange, near Uvira.  At least 212 people were injured.

Most of the dead were watching the World Cup in a nearby theater, others were bystanders, while others had approached the truck to get the leaking fuel oil.

The exact cause of the explosion remains unclear. The government has ordered an investigation. The driver of the truck, who may have been speeding when the accident occurred, was wounded and transported to the hospital.

United Nations peacekeepers were deployed on the scene and along with aid workers from the Red Cross helped transport the wounded to hospitals in Sange and Uvira. The UN mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) has confirmed that earlier reports of its peacekeepers being among the dead were not true.