WARRI, Nigeria (AP) – A witness says 18 people are dead and more than 40 others have burns after a gas explosion in central Nigeria.
Taxi driver Yakubu Charles says Monday’s blast occurred at a gas depot in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa state.
He helped to evacuate victims after more than a dozen occupied vehicles burned.
The Nigeria Police Force and Federal Road Safety Corps confirm the blast but decline to give a number of casualties.
Nigeria’s Senate president, Bukola Saraki, in a Twitter post calls the explosion “horrific” and says he met with survivors.
He offers prayers for families who lost relatives.
Many gas dealers operate mini-depots in Nigerian cities with no strong measures to regulate their activities, leading to frequent explosions. In January, 10 people died in a blast in Lagos state.
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