12 dead in tanker blast

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Many peo­ple are feared dead af­ter an oil tanker over­turned and ex­ploded in Nige­ria while peo­ple were scoop­ing up leak­ing fuel.

Po­lice spokes­woman Irene Ugbo told re­porters that 12 peo­ple are dead and 22 badly burned in the blast on Fri­day evening in Oduk­pani in Cross River state.

But some res­i­dents put the death toll closer to 60.

Wit­ness Richard John­son said many peo­ple were burnt to ashes, leav­ing lit­tle to re­cover. He said dozens of peo­ple had been scoop­ing up fuel and it was un­likely any sur­vived the blast.

Mr John­son sug­gested that the blast was caused by an elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tor brought to the scene to help pump the fuel.

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