90 die as petrol station explodes in Sierra Leone

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No fewer than 90 people have been killed in a massive explosion at a petrol station in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

“We recovered 80 bodies from the site of the accident last night with our ambulances,” a rescue worker from the Red Cross told AFP, adding rescue operations were ongoing on Saturday morning.

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A nurse at a hospital where the victims were taken confirmed the number of dead to AFP, adding he had also tended to many women, men and children with “serious injuries”.

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According to witnesses, the accident happened when a vehicle caught fire in a petrol station after a road accident.

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The flames then spread in the area, burning people in cars and on roads nearby.

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Sierra Leone’s Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh had arrived on site on Saturday.

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