Sunday, February 1
The death toll from an oil spill blaze in Kenya has risen to 111, making it one of the nation's worst disasters of recent times, police have said
Rift Valley police provincial commissioner Hassan Noor Hassan said: "We counted 91 bodies at the site and there were 20 others that had been taken to the local mortuary."
A truck crashed near the town of Molo on Saturday, spilling oil that burst into flames as hundreds of locals crowded round in search of free fuel. Many bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Rescuers said someone may have accidentally dropped a cigarette, although there was also suspicion someone angered at being blocked by police may have started the fire on purpose.
After the truck careered off the road, motorbike riders and others descended on the vehicle in the hope of scooping up petrol, witnesses said.
Rescue operations went on through the night in scenes of chaos and anguish.
One distraught woman said: "My two sons ran home, picked some jerry cans and ran to get some petrol. I tried to stop them but they did not listen, they told me everyone is going there for the free fuel.
"Now I cannot trace them," she said.
The disaster in Molo follows the deaths of at least 25 people in Nairobi when a supermarket caught fire earlier this week.