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Explosion kills 57 as fuel tanker goes up in blast in Tanzania

Explosion kills 57 as fuel tanker goes up in blast in Tanzania”

Footage posted online showed people with buckets and basins trying to gather fuel from the tanker which was flowing down the street.

Fifty-seven people died in Tanzania on Saturday when a fuel tanker exploded after overturning on a road west of the capital Dar Es Salaam, police said.

Regional police commissioner Steven Kabwe told local Azam TV that 57 bodies have been recovered after the blast in the eastern town of Morogoro, and many others are being treated for burns.

The governor said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to pull out the truck's battery, while witnesses said one of the people looting the fuel was smoking a cigarette.

The victims were believed to have been collecting leaking fuel from the tanker which began leaking after being involved in an earlier accident.

Daniel Ngogo, a witness, told Reuters: "The situation is really bad".

"We have mobilised all the doctors at the Morogoro regional hospital so the wounded can be treated", he added.

State broadcaster TBC Taifa reports some victims were siphoning petrol from the vehicle.

Police officials said the explosion killed 60 people and has left 65 more injured.

Firefighters fro Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) and Fire Brigade have since been carrying out a rescue operation.



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