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Fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria kills 12

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Staff Writer | January 12, 2019
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Africa   At least 12 people were killed and 20 others critically injured

At least 12 people were killed and 20 others critically injured late Friday when a fuel tanker exploded in Nigeria’s Cross River State.

“We have confirmed that 12 people died and 20 others were injured from the explosion in the Odukpani local government area,” Ugbo Irene, a deputy superintendent of police, told Anadolu Agency.

Irene said police were immediately deployed to the scene after the tanker truck overturned while attempting to navigate a turn and spilled fuel, but efforts to disperse local residents who were scooping up the fuel with metal containers proved futile.

“Our team had to leave before the tanker caught fire. This is not the first time this has happened,” she added, lamenting that locals often ignore warnings to steer clear of areas around fuel spills due to the likelihood of an explosion.


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