Tanzania fuel tanker explosion claims lives of 60

Last Updated: Aug 10 2019 19:29
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According to the police, at least 60 people have lost their lives and 70 have been wounded in a fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania.

Pictures posted online show flaming debris scattered over a wide area and charred bodies lying on the ground.

According to the police, people were trying to recover fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned on a major road sometime earlier, when the explosion happened.

The incident took place in Morogoro region, about 200 km (124 miles) west of the port city of Dar es Salaam.

The city of Morogoro is on a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port, which is the country's commercial capital.

There are fears the death toll could rise. Police said many of the injured had suffered serious burns.

"The situation is really bad. Many people died here, even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place," said eyewitness Daniel Ngogo, quoted by Reuters news agency.

Local Police Chief Willbrod Mtafungwa said many of those killed were motorbike taxi drivers.