Just In: 14 killed in petrol tanker explosion in Niger

Fourteen people were killed in Niger State on Friday after a petroleum tanker lost control and collided with some buildings.

AFP reports that 8 houses were also set ablazed in the incident that happened in

Tegina town around 8:00am.

Muhammed Sani, one of those who partook in the rescue operation said a 6-month-old baby also died.

“We buried 14 people including a six-month-old baby who died in the tanker explosion this morning,” he said.

It was further learnt that 8 people sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital.

A spokesman for Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state confirmed the accident, but refused to give casualty figures.

“We received reports of an accident involving a petrol tanker in Tegina this morning but we are still awaiting details,” Bitrus Max said.

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