(Reuters) – At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people..
Officials said on Saturday the explosion late on Friday also injured 196 people, adding that the death toll could rise.
They described scenes of devastation in the town of Sange, where houses were burned and bodies littered the streets. Some people died while trying to steal fuel leaking from the tanker, but most were killed at home or watching World Cup soccer in cinemas.
Many of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.
United Nations helicopters began airlifting injured people to hospital, while Congo’s army, which lost a number of men in the blast, has sent soldiers in to help with the rescue.
“Our latest numbers are 230 dead and 196 injured,” Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesman for the U.N. mission, said. Congo’s government also gave the same number of dead.
Marcellin Cisambo, governor of South Kivu province, where the incident took place, said the blast occurred when the fuel truck overturned, leaked fuel and then later exploded.
It was not immediately clear what caused the initial accident or later blast, but local people said the truck, which was part of a convoy, stopped when the road seemed to crumble, toppling the vehicle and spilling fuel. Fire then erupted.
“It’s a terrible scene. There are lots of dead bodies on the streets. The population is in terrible shock — no one is crying or speaking,” Jean-Claude Kibala, South Kivu’s vice governor, said from Sange, which is between the towns of Bukavu and Uvira.
“We are trying to see how we can coordinate with (the U.N.) to manage the situation and how to take the wounded to hospital,” he added.
The truck driver, a man from Kenya, is being held by the police.
This is a brutal example reminding us of the all too frequent tragedies of churches being torched by Muslim extremist while the churches are filled with worshipers a result of how far the struggle between muslims and catholics in the Congo and Nigeria has reached.
Muslims are determined to impose their ‘religion’ all over Africa as well as in other continents and countries
of the world. Islam has but one goal: rule the world at any cost!
And where are the International Human Rights Organizations?
Christians are burnt alive in the Congo and Nigeria: a horrific Holocaust right in front of International indifference!
Publishing this graphic document on Facebook was intended to make the world aware of certain
terrible events totally ignored or minimized by the mainstream media; an authentic genocide so cruel and
inhuman only comparable with the most hateful and vile acts in the nazi extermination camps.”
Facebook has criticized the publication of graphic documents as a proof
of the Holocaust that Christians have been suffering in Nigeria in the last ten years. According to Facebook’s
Security policy of the ‘social’ Network, this photo has been classified as ‘pornographic’, ‘violent’ or ‘inappropriate’
and hence it was disallowed to be published. Threats were made if other documents were published documenting
the terrible violations of Human Rights in Nigeria.
This attitude by the Facebook Management is an attack to the freedom of expression as much as a
shameful insult to the victims slaughtered by islamic terror only for being christian.”
Regrettably, the murders continue, this is greatly because truth is always hidden to the sovereign people, so that they
may not be aware and ‘disdained’ by it: complicit silence by the mainstream media leads to the indifference of the
international political community facing this unspeakable Holocaust! Let alone the cowardice already rooted in the western
world facing the islamic terror. Can you imagine the reaction of the islamic terrorist organization in the (impossible) case of a massacre of muslims in
a mosque, by the hands of christian terrorists? And how widely would our media cover and condemn the crime and the