Update: Two confirmed dead in Kano tanker explosion

File Photo: An explosion in Kano in May 2012 ... Over 120 people were feared dead in that explosion

The explosion occurred on Monday morning.

Two persons were confirmed to have died on Monday when two fuel-laden articulated vehicles collided at Rijiyar Zaki along Bayero University, Kano new site road, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State.

The spokesman for the Kano State Fire Service, Kassim Musa, made the confirmation in Kano.

‘’A tanker that wanted to pack had a sharp brush with an oncoming one. This led to head-on collision, and since the two vehicles were fully loaded with petrol, the impact caused an explosion.

“We successfully quelled the inferno and two people from one of the vehicles died before we could rescue them.’’ Mr. Musa said.

He said firemen were able to stop the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

The explosion which occurred in the morning caused panic among people in the area, who feared that it was another bomb blast, following Saturday morning’s twin bomb blasts in the city .

Mr. Musa had also said that three persons died in a well on Saturday during a rescue operation by firemen at Gabasawa in Gezawa Local Government Area.

Read our earlier story below

Reports from Kano indicate that five persons are feared dead after two fuel laden tankers had a collision early Monday morning.

Initial reports indicate that the explosion occurred around the Bayero University Road and may have been due to break failure of one of the tankers causing it to collide with the other.

A Kano journalist, Ismaila Dan-Muhammadu, was quoted by a news aggregator, NEWSMAN, as saying that the two tankers exploded at a military checkpoint following a break failure after being stopped by soldiers for routine checks.

“Two persons were engulfed in the inferno from the explosion with both drivers believed to have died. A kid was also knocked down by a vehicle that lost its brake due to the explosion,” the journalist, who reportedly witnessed the explosion, said.

He said emergency and security services are currently helping victims of the explosion.

Efforts to confirm the incident and casualty from emergency authorities are ongoing as the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaib, could not be reached.

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