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Oil tanker explosion kills Nigerians collecting leaking fuel | World news



At least 12 people died in Nigeria after an upside-down oil tanker exploded while they and others were collecting the leaking fuel, police and witnesses said.

"We recovered 12 corpses and took 22 people with severe burns to the hospital," police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo said. He said the explosion took place Friday night in Odukpani, in the state of Cross River, in the south-east of the country. However, some residents have increased the death toll to 60.

"Police recovered only a few bodies, many of the other deaths were burnt to ashes," said Richard Johnson, a witness.

He said that about 60 people were inside a ditch that collected fuel when the explosion occurred. "It is not likely that anyone inside the pit survived because there was a lot of fuel in the pit."

He suggested that the explosion was caused by an electric generator that had been brought to the scene to help pump people out of the container fuel.

It was not immediately clear what caused the truck to overturn.

Hundreds of people have died similarly in recent years in the continent's largest oil-producing nation.

About a year ago, more than 30 people in the same area were burned to death while collecting fuel from a precipitated tanker.

The worst incident in Nigeria occurred in 1

998, when more than 1,000 people died while the pipeline that was collecting fuel was exploding in the city of Jesse.


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