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WorldAt least 50 dead, 101 injured in Nigeria tanker explosion

10:30  03 july  2019
10:30  03 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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At least 50 people were killed in Nigeria when fuel from a crashed truck that they were collecting caught fire, a spokesman for the Others were badly injured and taken to hospital, he said. "We have removed at least 10 dead bodies from the scene of the incident while over 50 people were affected

At least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people gathered A man tries to walk past a burnt vehicle and petrol tanker that crashed off the road and exploded leaving over 100 people injured at Ahumbe, Benue

At least 50 dead, 101 injured in Nigeria tanker explosion © Austin Nembe A scene of the accident where a fuel tanker trying to avoid a pothole overturned and exploded in Ahumbe village in Benue State, Nigeria on July 1st, 2019.

At least 50 people died, and 101 people were injured after they rushed to scoop fuel from an overturned tanker and the vehicle exploded in central Nigeria, officials said Tuesday.

The incident happened on Monday afternoon after a fuel tanker trying to avoid a pothole overturned and fell off the road in Ahumbe village in Benue State, according to Baba Aliyu, who works with Nigeria's road safety commission.

The death toll could rise as many of the injured were in a critical state, Benue State government spokesman Terver Akase told CNN.

Nearby shops were also burnt down in the explosion after fuel from the crash spilled on them, officials said.

Fuel tanker accidents are frequent in Nigeria, an oil-producing nation, where crude supplies are often transported by road.

Nearly 10 people died when an oil tanker exploded in Lagos city last June. More than 60 people were killed in another tanker accident in Anambra state in 2015.

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately.
Iran has warned of reciprocal measures if the tanker is not released. Britain said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship. Iran denied that its vessels had done any such thing. Tension between Iran and the West has increased a week after Britain seized the tanker and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula.

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