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Minibus accident kills at least 16 in DR Congo

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At least 16 people died when an overloaded minibus plunged into a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa during heavy rain, police said Saturday.

A UN-sponsored radio station, Radio Okapi, had said on Friday that 23 died in the accident.

"Among the causes was bad weather but also speed," police chief Jean-de-Dieu Oleko told AFP.

Road accidents are common in the DR Congo because of the generally poor state of roads and vehicles as well as reckless driving.

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