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69 die in Nigeria tanker explosion

Published 01/06/2015

At least 69 people died after a petrol tanker exploded near a bus stop in Nigeria
At least 69 people died after a petrol tanker exploded near a bus stop in Nigeria

Nigeria's Red Cross says a runaway oil tanker truck exploded in a crowded bus station in the south of the country, igniting 11 other vehicles and burning 69 people to death.

Red Cross chairman Peter Emeka Kathy said Monday that about 30 other victims have been taken to hospital with severe burns.

The tanker was laden with petrol when its brakes failed and it ploughed into the bus station at Onitsha, the capital of southern Anambra state, according to local officials.

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