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Petrol tanker explodes in Kenya, leaves 100 dead

At least 100 people were burnt to death in Kenya on Saturday after an oil spill from an overturned petrol tanker caught fire and exploded. The fire reportedly broke out after hundreds of people gathered to collect the spilt fuel near Jolly Farm on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway in the central Kenyan town of Molo.

A huge traffic jam built up on both sides of the highway as police blocked off vehicles to avoid secondary accidents. A number of motorcycles and two vehicles also caught fire in the late evening inferno that attracted dozens of shocked onlookers.

Kenyan media have criticized the emergency response to the disaster, calling it slow and inadequate. The incident comes just days after a devastating fire at a supermarket in the Kenyan capital Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

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