Fuel Tanker Blast Kills Six In Niger Republic

Six people have died in the explosion of a fuel truck that crashed in central-southern Niger, local sources told AFP on Monday.

“Six people were killed and about 30 injured in the explosion… when they tried to obtain fuel,” an official from the Zinder governorate said.

Four people were killed in the incident on Sunday, and two others died from burns at a local hospital, he added.

According to the Zinder-Infos website, two lorries collided and rolled over on Sunday evening in Tirmini, around 10 kilometers (six miles) from Zinder.

When one of the vehicles caught fire, local locals rushed to siphon off fuel from the trucks, according to Tirmini’s mayor, Zinder-Infos.

Zinder, about 1,000 kilometers from the capital Niamey, is home to an oil refining company.

In May 2019, a total of 76 people died and 40 were seriously burned when a truck transporting 50,000 litres (13,200 gallons) of petrol to neighbouring Burkina Faso exploded.

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