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South Sudanese Teenager Dies in Petrol Fire in Koboko

According to Amuza Nobert, a neighbour and eye witness, the two boys went inside to fill fuel into their small bottles for sale by the roadside.
Locals Gathered at the home of the inferno in Koboko.

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A teenager has perished in an inferno in Koboko district while attempting to save his fuel from a grass-thatched house that had caught fire.  

The deceased has been identified as 13-year-old Ajo Kassim, a South Sudanese National and resident of Triangle Cell Koboko North division Koboko Municipality. 

According to information obtained by URN, the deceased was together with his friend, 14-year old Abibu inside the house when the incident happened. Abibu is still missing.  

According to Amuza Nobert, a neighbour and eye witness, the two boys went inside to fill fuel into their small bottles for sale by the roadside. 

"These two boys went inside and locked themselves as the filled fuel for sale," said Amuza. "Shortly I saw fire and the house was burning, we couldn't rescue them immediately. So currently, we have recovered one body but the other boy is still missing. These two boys were my great friends."

   

Samuel Abwang, the Koboko District Police Commander has confirmed the death of the boy, saying police have launched investigations into the incident. Abwang has condemned the practice of selling fuel by the roadside, saying it is dangerous. 

    

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Many youths in Koboko are involved in selling on the roadside, which they buy from DRC in jerrycans. While at pump stations fuel goes for Shillings 4,000, the youths sell theirs at Shillings 3500.

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