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Petrol tanker fire kills 5 in Mokwa

22 April 2013, 07:21

Minna - No fewer than five persons were killed in Mokwa, Niger State, on Friday when a tanker carrying petrol ran into 10 stationary vehicles along Jebba-Mokwa highway.

NAN gathered that the accident occurred when a petrol tanker coming from the Jebba end of the highway lost control and ran into the popular Saw Mill area of Mokwa in Mokwa Local Government Area.

The tanker ran into the vehicles parked on that side of the highway and exploded, causing the vehicles and some business premises and houses to go up in flames.

An eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the 10 vehicles were completely burnt and many shops and houses were also touched by the fire that lasted hours owing to lack of fire fighting trucks in the area.

It was gathered that of the five bodies recovered, two were burnt beyond recognition.

Alhaji Mohammed Goro, the secretary of Mokwa council, as well as police spokesman Richard Oguche, confirmed the story.



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