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50 killed in DR Congo train accident

Fifty people were killed early Thursday when a train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet that accident happened around three in the morning local time in the town of Mayibaridi and the death toll was provisional.

He wrote “Another disaster! Derailing at 3am (0100 GMT) in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi.

Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered by poor tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s.

In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday when a freight train carrying illegal passengers crashed in the central region of Kasai.

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