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A Pakistani driver walks past a row of fuel tanker trucks, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan in this file photo. AFP photo

A Pakistani driver walks past a row of fuel tanker trucks, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan in this file photo. AFP photo

A gasoline tanker crashed on the east-west road in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta today and as people tried to scoop up the fuel it caught fire, killing at least 92 people, a Reuters witness said.
 
"Early this morning a tanker loaded with petrol fell in Okogbe and people trooped to the scene obviously to scoop the spilled fuel and suddenly there was fire resulting in casualties," Rivers State police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam said.
 
Ugwuegbulam said it was too early to give a casualty figure but a Reuters witness at the scene counted 92 dead bodies of men, women and children.

July/12/2012

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