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Gas tanker explosion kills at least 28 in Nigeria

24 September 2020

A gas tanker explosion killed at least 28 people on September 23 in Lokoja, central Nigeria. The blast happened after the tanker crashed into several other vehicles. Students from a nearby primary school are thought to have been killed in the incident.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

According to Reuters news agency, a road safety official said that nine children had so far been confirmed as dead. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are found and identified.

A large fire was caused by the collision which happened outside a petrol station on a major road. Footage posted on social media shows several burning vehicles and a large plume of black smoke rising into the air.

Fuel tanker explosions are not uncommon Nigeria due to poorly maintained roads. In June, four people were killed after a collision involving a fuel tanker near Lagos.

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