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At least 62 killed after fuel tanker explodes in Tanzania

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…Incidents of people being killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are common in East Africa.

A damaged fuel tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania Saturday as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it, killing at least 62, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country.

Citing police figures, state broadcaster KBC said a further at least 70 people were injured in the incident early Saturday in the town of Morogoro. Regional police commissioner Steven Kabwe told the local Azam TV that many suffered serious burns.

Tanzanian government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said on Twitter that news of the deaths was “received with sadness.”

“We send our condolences to the families, relatives, and friends,” he said.

Witnesses in Morogoro, which lies about 120 miles from Tanzania’s economic hub of Dar es Salaam, told The Associated Pres

s that scores of people had gathered around the fuel tanker after it was involved in an accident early on Saturday. They said people were trying to siphon away fuel when the tanker burst into flames.

Incidents of people being killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are common in East Africa. Those who steal the fuel usually hope to be able to sell it cheaply to motorists.

In 2013, a similarly deadly incident killed at least 29 people on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, as scores swarmed around the scene of an accident.

There is limited awareness among many people about the danger from explosions of damaged fuel tankers, said Henry Bantu, a road safety expert who runs the Tanzania-based Safe Speed Foundation. Local leaders need to do more to educate people on the risks, he said.

-AP, NBC

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Tob Cohen: Wife Detained for 12 More Days At Muthaiga Police Station

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The officer in charge of the court that Mr. Cohen had registered a complaint at parkland Police station said he had been threatened, beaten up and thrown from the second floor of their house by his wife. The court also heard that Ms. kamotho allegedly coached their employees on what to tell the officers in charge concerning her husband’s movements on the day he went missing; and that the employees later cancelled their previous accounts.

Cohen Tob, who has lived in Kenya since 1987, went missing between July 19 and July 20 this year.

The employees at the Cohen’s home previously told the police that he was on the afternoon of July 20-picked up and drive off in a white car while carrying only a briefcase. Mr. Cohen and Ms. Kamotho were reported entangled in a bitter divorce case, at the Center of which was a multi-million shilling property, during the days leading up to his disappearance.

On July 12, 2019 he had also filed an assault case against his alienated wife, during which he also cited continuous harassment and denied of his connubial right by the woman. “On 5th of February 2019 Sarah Wairimu stormed in our clients home office and threw a glass of water aimed at the face of our client and threatened him” reads court papers filed by Musyoki Mogaka & Co. Advocates on behalf of Mr. Cohen.

On July 18 Ms. Kamotho wrote a note to the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi alleging that; “Tob Cohen has depression and mental condition he won’t address for personal reasons and this has been and is causing a lot of problems. Director of criminal investigation George Kinoti on Thursday last week said the missing Dutch citizen could have been murdered, adding that Ms. Kamotho is the prime suspect in the case.

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Revealed: How Tycoon Dutch Tob Cohen Died From Severe Head Trauma

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It has now found that the  late Dutch businessman Tob Cohen died from a severe head trauma inflicted by a blunt object. Post-mortal examination results released on Friday revealed that a kick to the right side of the head is what killed him.

Detective found the body at his Kitisuru home almost two months after he had been reported missing,” The body was of a male adult of light skinned race  who had been preserved by refrigerator and was break up….in black polyethylene bag, yellow polyethylene  bag and red polyethylene bag.”

The Pathologists said they collected 10 samples from the deceased’s body that had been found in an underground water tank. Some parts of the body were found to be overrun by parasites while the eyes had been blindfolded, hands and feet were tired with a rope at the neck.

Both hands were fractured with a lot of bruises while his upper lip was found torn on the sides. Report from 5 diagnosticians further revealed that the late Cohen had many rib injuries and bruises on the diaphragm.

The  pathology reports, the late Cohen was found to have bruises on the right side of the face and his left external ear also had a torn ragged  wound. Bruises were  also discovered on the chest, arms, lower limbs and the right foot.

Diagnostician used finger and toe nails as DNA sample for the post-mortal examination as well as sprig and flora(vegetation) they found enclosed on the body.

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