Scores die in Nigeria tanker fire

A petrol tanker explosion has killed 83 people and critically wounded 20 others in north-western Nigeria.

Scores die in Nigeria tanker fire

A petrol tankerexplosion has killed 83 people and critically wounded 20 others innorth-western Nigeria.

The victims were trying to scoop fuel from the scene of a crash after a33,000-litre tanker tipped over in a village in Kaduna State.

Police authorities say there has been a mass burial for most of the bodieswhich were "burnt beyond recognition".

Hundreds of people trying to scoop petrol from vandalised pipelines havelost their lives in Nigeria.

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The accident occurred in Kagarko village some 150km north of the capital, Abuja, on Monday night,although news of the crash only broke on Wednesday.

"Only three of the corpses were recognised by their relatives, butemergency workers are on the scene," Kaduna Statepolice spokesman Saad Yahaya told the BBC.

The villagers who became trapped in the fire had rushed to scoop the petrolgushing from the crashed tanker.

Despite being Africa's largest oilproducer, Nigerians often suffer fuel shortages because of corruption, poormanagement and infrastructure problems.

When pipelines pass through poor communities, they are often broken so thatthe fuel can be stolen.

Source:BBC

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