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A peasant, believed to be Tanzania's oldest person, has...

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- A peasant, believed to be Tanzania's oldest person, has died at the age of 140, the Tanzania news agency reported today.

The agency said Hassan Kitano Kingamkono, who claimed he was born in 1843, died Wednesday in his home village in central Tanzania after a short illness.

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Thousands of people flocked to the village to mourn his death, the agency said.

Kingamkono claimed to have worked on caravans taking slaves from the interior to Bagamoyo on the tanzanian coast.

He said he was married and had five children before German colonialists began building the central railway line in 1905.

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