The explosion of an oil tanker in the capital of Sierra Leone causes deaths and injuries | News

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A tanker exploded after a collision in Freetown, killing numerous people, according to a statement by the mayor.

A tanker exploded following a clash in the Sierra Leone capital, causing numerous casualties, the mayor and the media said, but the exact figures are not known.

Several badly burned victims lay on the streets of Freetown as fire raged through nearby shops and homes on Friday, images from social media were shown, though Reuters news agency was not immediately able to independently verify the findings. clip.

“The videos and photos that make the rounds on social media are heartbreaking,” said Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, of the port city. “There are rumors that more than 100 people have lost their lives.”

The blast after colliding with a truck claimed lives among those who rushed to collect the fuel that leaked from the broken-down vehicle, he added in a Facebook post.

The extent of the damage to the property was still unknown, the mayor said, adding that police and his deputy were on site to assist the disaster management officials.

“It’s a terrible, terrible accident,” Brima Bureh Sesay, head of the National Disaster Management Agency, told a magazine.

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