Dozens feared dead in Nige­ria as leak­ing oil tanker ex­plodes

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An over­turned oil tanker ex­ploded in 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 said. She said the blast oc­curred Fri­day evening in Oduk­pani in Cross River state in the south­east.

Wit­ness Richard John­son said about 60 peo­ple were in­side a pit scoop­ing fuel when the ex­plo­sion oc­curred. He sug­gested the blast was caused by an elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tor brought in to help pump out the fuel for peo­ple's con­tain­ers.

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