Tanker explosion in Mali kills seven, injures 46

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Firemen hose down a fuel tanker after it exploded during a traffic accident in Bamako, Mali September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Paul Lorgerie NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

At least 7 people were killed and nearly 50 injured in a tanker truck explosion in Bamako, Mali.

The government said a tanker truck carrying 14,000 liters of fuel was lying on its side for an unknown reason near a gas station and a hotel in the afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said as people attempted to lift the truck, the explosion occurred.

The provisional record shows seven dead and 46 wounded as a result of burns.

Communication Minister and government’s spokesman, Yaya Sangaré told newsmen that “the provisional record shows seven dead and 46 wounded as a result of burns “.

The government said 42 injured persons were taken to the Gabriel Touré University Hospital and 4 to the Mali hospital in Bamako.

The deceased were transported to the “Center de Santé Reference of Quartier- Mali”, the government added.

The communication ministry said relief operations continued for several hours and area where the accident occurred was condoned off.

Hauwa Mustapha