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’20 killed’ as petrol tanker explodes in Kogi

About 20 people have been reportedly killed in a petrol-tanker explosion in Kogi state.

The vehicle was said to have lost control owing to brake failure and fell on the bridge of Maboro River in Ankpa, the headquarters of Ankpa Local Government in the state.

According to Daily Trust, a witness said the incident happened around 3:30pm on Wednesday.

“It’s the second major disaster in Ankpa within this month. This one is the most terrible and horrible. Over 20 persons were burnt to death, some beyond recognition,” the witness said.

“Many who were crushed to death had their body parts scattered all over the place. The parts were picked in pieces and put in body bags.”

Stephen Dawulung, Kogi State Federal Road safety Corps (FRSC) sector commander, confirmed the incident, but said the number of casualty could not be established yet.

“My boys are there, putting the pieces together. We don’t know the number of the dead yet. A tanker, one bus and three cars, three motorcycles were involved,” he reportedly said.

Editor’s note: The photo in this story is a file picture.

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