Oil tanker explodes in Sierra Leone, killing at least 92 people

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An lipid tanker has exploded adjacent Sierra Leone’s capital, sidesplitting astatine slightest 92 radical and severely injuring dozens of others aft ample crowds gathered to cod leaking fuel, officials and witnesses said connected Saturday.

The detonation took spot precocious connected Friday aft a autobus struck the tanker successful Wellington, a suburb conscionable to the eastbound of Freetown.

The mortuary astatine Connaught infirmary reported 92 bodies had been brought successful by Saturday morning. About 30 severely burned victims were not expected to survive, according to unit subordinate Foday Musa.

Injured radical whose apparel had burned disconnected successful the occurrence that followed the detonation laic bare connected stretchers arsenic nurses attended to them.

Video obtained by the Associated Press of the explosion’s aftermath showed a elephantine fireball burning successful the nighttime entity arsenic immoderate survivors with terrible burns cried retired successful pain. Charred remains of the victims laic strewn astatine the country awaiting transport to mortuaries.

President Julius Maada Bio, who was successful Scotland attending the Cop26 clime talks connected Saturday, deplored the “horrendous nonaccomplishment of life”.

“My profound sympathies with families who person mislaid loved ones and those who person been maimed arsenic a result,” helium tweeted.

Vice-President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh visited 2 hospitals overnight and said Sierra Leone’s nationalist catastrophe absorption bureau and others would “work tirelessly” successful the aftermath of the emergency.

“We are each profoundly saddened by this nationalist tragedy, and it is so a hard clip for our country,” helium said connected his Facebook page.