Nigeria gas tanker blast leaves 35 dead

Published: September 11, 2018 11:34:34 | Updated: September 15, 2018 14:21:53

A smoke and fire are seen during a gas explosion in Lafia, Nigeria, September 10, 2018, in this image obtained from social media – Courtesy: Twitter/@FAUXHEMIAN_/via Reuters

At least 35 people were killed and hundreds injured when a gas tanker exploded in northern Nigerian state of Nasarawa and started a blaze, the state emergency agency said.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said the accident happened on Monday at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria.

Usman Ahmed, acting director at SEMA, said the truck exploded at the point of discharging the gas, citing a witness account, reports Reuters.

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 said.

Traffic accidents are common in Nigeria, where roads are bad and safety standards poor.

At least nine people were killed in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos in June when a petrol tanker caught fire and burned 53 other vehicles.

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