Niger begins three days mourning after tanker explosion kills 60

Nigerien President President Mahamadou Issoufou
Nigerien President President Mahamadou Issoufou[PHOTO CREDIT: BBC.com]

Niger Republic began three days of mourning on Wednesday after the death toll from a tanker truck explosion rose to 60.

Flags were flying at half-mast as two further deaths were recorded, up from the initial death toll of 58 people earlier, the government said in a statement.

The explosion near a petrol station in the capital, Niamey, happened in the early hours of Monday as some residents were trying to syphon fuel from a tanker that had overturned near the airport.

At least 37 people were injured, some seriously, and brought to hospitals.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation on Wednesday. (dpa/NAN)

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