High-voltage power cable snaps, kills 25 in Kinshasa market

Police on Wednesday said a high-tension power cable snapped and fell on houses and a market in the outskirts of the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, killing 25 people.

“A high-voltage electric cable fell on several houses in the Matadi-Kibala district and in the market, several people died on the spot,” Kinshasa’s police chief, Sylvano Kasongo said.

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Videos from the market shared online showed people wailing around several bodies lying in puddles of water where they had fallen, with fresh produce scattered around them.

Reuters could not authenticate the videos.

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