Jul 06

Suspected gas leak kills 16

A suspected gas leak has killed as many as 16 people in Boksburg, outside of Johannesburg. Al Jazeera reports that emergency services were called around 8pm local time to attend to what was thought to be a gas explosion. However, first responders came to realise the deaths were caused not by an explosion but by “poisonous gas” leaking into the area. An Ekurhuleni emergency services official says the incident “could be linked to illegal mining in the area”.