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Police say 62 killed in Tanzania gas tanker explosion

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — A broken tanker truck exploded in jap Tanzania as folks had been making an attempt to siphon gas out of it Saturday, killing a minimum of 62 in one of many worst incidents of its form within the East African nation.

Tanzanian state broadcaster TBC, citing police figures, mentioned a minimum of 70 extra folks had been injured through the explosion within the city of Morogoro, positioned about 120 miles (200 kilometers) from the financial hub of Dar es Salaam.

Regional police commissioner Steven Kabwe advised the native Azam TV that many suffered critical burns.

Witnesses advised The Related Press {that a} crowd had gathered across the gas tanker after it was concerned in an accident early Saturday and a few folks had been making an attempt to siphon away gas when the truck burst into flames.

Video footage posted on social media confirmed folks accumulating gas into jerry cans earlier than the hearth incident.

In an announcement expressing condolences, Tanzanian President John Magufuli mentioned he was dismayed folks attacked automobiles concerned in accidents as a substitute of providing assist.

Residents are routinely killed by explosions whereas stealing gas from incapacitated tankers in East Africa. Those that steal the gas often hope to have the ability to promote it cheaply to motorists.

In 2013, a minimum of 29 folks had been killed on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, as scores swarmed across the scene of an accident.

There’s restricted consciousness concerning the hazard of explosions of broken gas tankers, mentioned Henry Bantu, a highway security knowledgeable who runs the Tanzania-based Protected Pace Basis. Native leaders must do extra to coach folks on the dangers, he mentioned.


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