Dozens feared dead in Nigeria after tanker explodes while people collect fuel

Dozens of people are feared dead after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in Nigeria. The blast happened as locals scooped up fuel from the leaking tanker.

A police spokeswoman said 12 people are known to have died, and 22 others have been taken to hospital with “serious burns”.

However, nearby residents fear as many as 60 people could have been killed in Friday evening’s explosion, which happened in Cross River State.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer – and impoverished people risking their lives to collect fuel leaking from pipelines and trucks is common. Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents over recent years.

Source: Sky News

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