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Tanker truck fuel blast kills 58 in Niger

Niamey, May 6 (AFP) | Publish Date: 5/6/2019 11:50:03 AM IST

Fifty-eight people died in Niger’s capital Niamey after an overturned tanker truck exploded as crowds collected spilt fuel, authorities and witnesses said Monday.

The blast on the RN1 route near the international airport Sunday night left the burnt truck’s wreckage, motorbikes and debris scattered over the road. Nearby houses were damaged by fire. The explosion left 58 dead, the presidency said in a statement. Witnesses said people were trying to collect petrol leaking from the truck, which had overturned on railway tracks, when the explosion happened.

Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou visited some of the injured in hospital in the capital.

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