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Tanker explosion kills one on Abuja-Kaduna highway

Firefighters have put out a fire that killed one person, injured 10 others and burnt many vehicles on Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

A petrol tanker exploded at Dikko-junction on the expressway at about 10PM on Friday and burnt through 4AM Saturday, before the fire was put out.

“We cannot give the actual number of people that lost their lives, we will confirm that during our assessment; but from the report of our Suleja Desk Officer, one person died in the incident, Alhaji Ahmed Inga, the Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday.

“Many people were injured and several vehicles were completely burnt,” he said.

He said that firefighters from the State Fire Service in conjunction with their counterparts in the Federal Fire Service were able to bring the fire under control.

Investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway, he added.