Africa

Dozens feared dead in Nigerian oil blast

A witness says some people have been "burnt to ashes" after an oil tanker exploded in Nigeria, killing at least 12.

Police and witnesses say many people are dead in Nigeria after an oil tanker overturned and exploded while people were scooping up leaking fuel.

Police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo tells The Associated Press that 12 people are dead and 22 badly burned in the blast on Friday evening.

But some residents put the death toll closer to 60.

Witness Richard Johnson says many people were burnt to ashes.

He says dozens of people had been scooping up fuel and it was unlikely any survived the blast.

Johnson suggests the blast was caused by an electrical generator brought to the scene to help pump the fuel.

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