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Gas tanker explosion kills at least 35 in Nigeria

Gas tanker explosion kills at least 35 in NigeriaAn explosion on Monday has at least ended the lives of 35 people with hundreds injured when a gas tanker exploded in the northern Nigerian state of Nasarawa and started a blaze.

According to the state emergency’s Chief Fire Office, they are trying their best to figure out the plans to help safeguard the issue while protecting lives in future.

“We are trying to ascertain and liaise with other stakeholders, to get an accurate figure of what was involved on human life and people that were injured.”

A video from Nigerian Television Authority NTA confirmed the fire, smoke rising and injured people being carried away on a stretcher.

Nigeria’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official also adds that the unfortunate accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria.

Mr Usman Ahmed, acting director at SEMA, said the truck exploded at the point of discharging the gas, citing a witness account. The agency was investigating the incident, he said.

“We have confirmed 35 dead and over a hundred injured. Most of those that died rushed to the accident spot to see what was happening,” Ahmed told Reporters.


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