85 Killed in South Sudan Fuel Tanker Blast

At least 85 people were killed and another 50 seriously injured in South Sudan when an overturned fuel truck exploded, a presidential spokesman said Thursday, NBC News reported.

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

Citing the accounts of local authorities, Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the tanker was "full of petrol" that started to leak and residents were siphoning off fuel when someone lit a cigarette, sparking an explosion, The Associated press reported.

No further details were immediately available.

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