Dozens killed in Niger fuel tanker blast

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At least 50 people have been killed in Niger’s capital, Niamey, after a fuel tanker exploded early on Monday morning.

The tanker overturned near the main airport and the victims were siphoning fuel when the explosion occurred, the director general of Niger’s civil protection, Col Maj Boubacar Bako, told the BBC.

At least 30 people have been taken to hospital, he added.

The prime minister and several other ministers visited the scene this morning and went to see some of the injured in hospital.