Fuel tanker explosion kills several people in Cameroon

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At least 10 people were killed and 18 seriously injured when a fuel tanker in northern Cameroon has overturned and exploded in Limani, a village located at the extreme north of Cameroon close to the Nigerian border, about 1500 kilimetres from the Capital Yaondé.

Victims of the explosion are said to have rushed to the site of the accident to scoop up petrol flowing from the overturned tanker.

According to a local radio journalist, the fuel tanker was transporting oil from Nigeria to Chad. The accident took place as the tanker entered Limani.

“The villagers rushed to the site with receptacles to scoop up the escaping oil, which created a heavy vehicular traffic and when a passenger bus tried to edge past the tanker it provoked fire. We still do not know how that happened”, said the journalist.

The injured are reported to have been taken to the local health centres while the most severe cases have been tranfered to the the provincial hospital in Maroua, 95 km south of Limani.

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