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Blaze after oil spill kills 111

February 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The death toll from an oil spill blaze in central Kenya has risen to 111, making it one of the East African nation's worst disasters in recent times, police said.

"We counted 91 bodies at the site, and there were 20 others that had been taken to the local mortuary," said Rift Valley police provincial commissioner Hassan Noor Hassan.

A truck crashed near the central Rift Valley town of Molo, spilling oil that burst into flames as hundreds of people crowded around in search of free fuel.

After the truck went off the road, motorbike riders and others descended on the vehicle, witnesses said. Many bodies were burned beyond recognition.

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