Dozens feared killed af­ter leak­ing oil tanker ex­plodes

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

An over­turned oil tanker ex­ploded in south­east Nige­ria while dozens of peo­ple were scoop­ing up the leak­ing fuel and many were killed, po­lice and wit­nesses said Satur­day.

“We have re­cov­ered 12 corpses and taken 22 per­sons with se­ri­ous burns to hospi­tal,” po­lice spokes­woman Irene Ugbo told The As­so­ci­ated Press. She said the blast oc­curred Fri­day evening in Oduk­pani.

But some res­i­dents put the death toll closer to 60.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what caused the truck to over­turn.

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