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Tanker explodes in Bauchi, kills two

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A petrol tanker has exploded at Azare, headquarters of Katagum local government area of Bauchi state and has reportedly killed two people.

It was learnt that the incident happened on Friday around 3am the tanker was said to have been discharging petrol at a fuel station in the town exploded and killed two persons.

An eye witness said that the tanker was on its way out of the town when a cable fell on it and it then exploded going up in flames; this caused commotion in the town leaving people very frantic.

He said that the incident happened at the First Bank roundabout close to the General Hospital Road within the Azare town.

“It was in the process of scampering for safety that the two people trapped in the tanker believed to be the driver and motor boy were burnt to death. Their bodies were later evacuated and deposited at the General Hospital morgue,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Ahmed Wakil, also confirmed the incident.

The police PRO said that the tanker driver was lucky to be alive although he sustained some injuries and is currently in the hospital receiving treatment. Wakil said the two casualties who died were among the ones running for safety when the tanker exploded.

Wakil said: “There was a case of a fatal accident resulting from a tanker explosion and in the process, two people died and two others were injured.”

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