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Dozens hospitalised in Guinea after eating petrol-laced rice

Published on Jun 18, 2014 7:13 AM

CONAKRY (AFP) - Dozens of people in Guinea were hospitalised on Tuesday after eating rice cooked with petrol, doctors told AFP.

“In all, 114 people were admitted” to the main hospital in Guinea’s capital Conakry, a doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The patients suffered stomach aches, diarrhoea and vomiting, the doctor said, adding that they were “treated after having consumed rice with sauce prepared with petrol”.

Another doctor confirmed the hospitalisation, adding that it appeared that a cook in a small restaurant in Conakry had “mistaken petrol for peanut oil”.

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