200 killed in DR Congo oil tanker fire
At least 200 people are feared dead after an oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The truck, travelling from Tanzania, overturned in the village of Sange near the country's eastern border.
The fuel oil spread through the village before exploding, AFP news agency said.
At least another 100 people are believed injured. Such accidents are not uncommon in the region, and the death toll is often high because people try to collect spilled oil.
The village is close to the border with Burundi.
Congolese military sources and local Red Cross officials said the death toll could be more than 200 dead and more than 100 wounded.
A security source in the United Nations mission in DR Congo said there were "223 dead and 110 injured".
He told AFP: "What is certain is that the toll will get higher”.
The search was continuing "for more charred bodies", the source added.
Dozens of homes, many built from earth and straw, were engulfed in the night-time fire.
It was unclear whether the truck exploded when it crashed or whether the blaze was started later.
Marcellin Cisambo, governor of South Kivu, told Reuters: "Some people were killed trying to steal the fuel, but most of the deaths were of people who were indoors watching the [World Cup] match.
The officer, who did not give his name, said that many of the villagers who surrounded the vehicle before it exploded were children.