19 die in Uganda after fuel tanker explosion

Police in Uganda say at least 19 people were killed in the west of the country on Sunday when a fuel tanker exploded after the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rammed into four cars.

The accident happened at a small trading centre in Kasoe town near a major highway between the capital, Kampala, and Kasese town near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A fire that followed the blast burnt down at least 25 shops nearby.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the victims’ bodies will be transported more than 300km (186 miles) to the national referral hospital in Kampala for identification.

Nine bodies were retrieved from the crash site on Monday morning and another body was found trapped under the truck, police said in a statement.

Some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

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