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Two fuel tankers explode in Abuja

The scene of the explosion

On 16 November, two fuel tankers exploded in the federal capital of Abuja, sending massive black smoke over parts of the city, as frightened workers and residents scampered to safety.

Residents report that around 3.30pm, the two tankers laden with fuel, caught fire at different filling stations, in different parts of the capital city.

One happened at the ASCON fuel station on Adetokunbo Ademola Street in the upscale Wuse 2 District, opposite a popular fast food shop known as Chicken House. The other occured behind the old Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building, at Area 11 in Garki District.

The cause of the explosions has not yet been established conclusively. One resident said they appeared to have been caused by “accidents with the tankers off-loading fuel”; but this was yet to be confirmed by security authorities.

There was yet no comprehensive report of injuries and no indication of casualties, but witnesses said at least one man suffered serious burns. A police spokesman said the blasts were being investigated.

The explosions caused serious traffic problems in Wuse and other areas of the city.

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