Petrol tanker explosion injures 64 in north Nigeria

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LAGOS, May 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 64 people were injured following a petrol tanker explosion in north Nigeria's Kano state on Saturday, said a local official on Sunday.

Fire service received a distress call on Saturday afternoon reporting a petrol tanker catching fire and exploding at a filling station in Sharada community in the Kano municipal area, said Saminu Abdullahi, spokesman for the fire service in Kano, in a statement.

"We quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicle to the scene of the incident," Abdullahi said.

Out of the 64 people who have sustained various degrees of injuries, eight were fire service personnel, the spokesman said, adding that no life was lost and the injured people were receiving treatment at local hospitals.

He said the tanker was offloading petroleum products at the filling station when the incident occurred.

He appealed to the public to always call the fire service immediately as they encounter any fire incident. Enditem

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