Mourning in DR Congo after tanker fire tragedy

At least 220 people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo when an overturned oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village.

Scores more were injured in the accident in Sange, near the border with Burundi.

Some of those who died were trying to collect leaking fuel, but others were trapped inside buildings, including a cinema, by the fire.United Nations peacekeepers joined rescue efforts to help evacuate the injured.

Eyewitnesses said the fire engulfed dozens of houses.

"People tried to escape but were caught by the fire and reduced to ashes," Tondo Sahizira, 28, told AFP news agency.

The accident happened late on Friday (July 2) in Sange, about 70km (40 miles) south of the town of Bukavu in South Kivu.

"Petrol began to leak out but instead of fleeing people came to collect the fuel," Mr Sahizira said.

"A few minutes later there was an explosion, flames burst from the truck and spread very quickly." Several homes with thatched roofs were engulfed in flames, as was the cinema where a crowd had gathered to watch the World Cup.