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Fuel tanker explosion kills at least 60 in Tanzania

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More than sixty people have been declared dead and about seventy injured after a fuel tanker exploded on the busy road in Morogoro, Tanzania.

The Regional Commissioner of Morogoro Kebwe Stephen said the tanker overturned on the major road for tankers in Tanzania, 175 kilometers (109 miles) west of Dar es Salaam which happens to be a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port, which is the country’s commercial capital.

Our sources said people gathered when they saw the tanker leaking and they were trying to recover fuel from the tanker, then the blast suddenly happened killing sixty people and injured several others.

Footage sent on social media before the explosion shows a large crowd collecting fuel from puddles in jerricans while the video circulating thereafter showed burned remains of dozens of young men.

According to a witness Daniel Ngogo ” The situation is really bad. Many people died here, even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place. The fire was huge and it was challenging to rescue victims. I have seen about 65 to 70 people being rescued because the fire was fast spreading across the accident area”.

The Government Spokesman Hassan Abbasi wrote of his Twitter page: ” We have been saddened by the reports of an accident involving a fuel truck in Morogoro which caught fire and burnt several people”.

He said the government will help in coordinating the rescue operation and ensure the bodies are buried after relatives identify the bodies belonging to their loved ones, the injured will be properly treated.

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