South Sudanese Fuel-Tanker Blast Kills 170, Government Says

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More than 170 people were killed when an overturned fuel-tanker exploded in South Sudan’s southwest, a state official said.

The explosion took place as people had rushed to the vehicle to siphon fuel, Western Equatoria state’s caretaker Governor Patrick Raphael Zamoi told Radio Miraya on Thursday.

A warning shot from the soldiers struck the tanker, causing the blast on Wednesday outside Maridi town, Charles Kasanga, information minister for Western Equatoria, said by phone. The state government declared three days of mourning.

Army spokesman Philip Aguer said by phone that he was unaware of the event and would investigate what happened.

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