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Saturday, January 12, 2019, 18:04
Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes
By Associated Press
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 18:04 By Associated Press

This June 28, 2018 photo shows the scene of an oil tanker explosion on a highway in Lagos. Dozens are feared dead as an oil tanker overturned and exploded when people were scooping up leaking fuel in in Odukpani in Cross River state on Jan 11, 2019. (STRINGER / AFP)

LAGOS, Nigeria — Police and witnesses say many people are dead in Nigeria after an oil tanker overturned and exploded while people were scooping up leaking fuel.

A witness said the blast was caused by an electrical generator brought to the scene to help pump the fue

Police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo tells The Associated Press that 12 people are dead and 22 badly burned in the blast Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state.

But some residents put the death toll closer to 60.

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Witness Richard Johnson says many people were burnt to ashes, leaving little to recover. 

He says dozens of people had been scooping up fuel and it was unlikely any survived the blast.

Johnson suggests the blast was caused by an electrical generator brought to the scene to help pump the fuel.

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Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer.

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