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Thursday, July 12, 2012

95 Died In Rivers State Petrol Tanker Explosion


At least 95 people have died
after a Nigerian petrol tanker caught fire,
officials said.
"People rushed there to scoop for fuel and
there was a fire which consumed a lot of
people," said police spokesman Ben
Ugwuegbulem, of the southern Rivers
state.

A rescue official who requested
anonymity said "some were killed in the
inferno," but that casualty figures were
still being compiled.

The accident happened in an area called
Ahoada near the oil hub of Port Harcourt
in Nigeria's crude-producing Niger Delta
region.

Dozens of people "were caught in the
blaze," said Onyema Mwachukwu,
spokesman for the military's Joint Task
Force (JTF) in the state.

Major accidents, often involving large-haul
trucks, are common in Nigeria, where
many of the roads in extremely poor
condition.

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