32 dead in Angola road accident

November 13, 2009 12:00 am

, LUANDA, Nov 13 – Thirty-two people were killed and 42 injured when a truck overturned in northern Angola, state radio reported Thursday.

The victims were among 80 Angolans who had recently left the Democratic Republic of Congo following a wave of tit-for-tat deportations between the two countries.

The accident happened in the early hours of Thursday morning as the group was being transported from a temporary settlement camp near the border with DR Congo to the city of Uige.

A commission has been set up to investigate the causes of the accident, National Radio of Angola reported.

DR Congo started expelling Angolans in early October, including those with refugee status who had lived there for decades, in retaliation for Angola’s continued deportation of Congolese immigrants who cross the border to work illegally.

The official expulsions have stopped but more than 50,000 Angolans in total have returned in the last six weeks, many saying they feared for their safety to stay in DR Congo.


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