South Sudan Oil Truck Blast Kills At Least 85

by Reuters /  / Updated 

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At least 85 people were killed in South Sudan when an overturned oil truck exploded as a crowd gathered to siphon fuel from it, a presidential spokesman said Thursday.

The tanker had veered off the road on its way to a region west of the capital Juba on Wednesday,

"Eight-five people are confirmed dead by the local authorities," Ateny Wek Ateny, presidential spokesman, told Reuters, adding about 50 people were seriously injured.

No further details were immediately available.

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