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At least 99 people have been killed in a massive explosion when a tanker collided with another vehicle late Friday in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown.
A hell of a lot of people drowning visitors and vehicles at a bustling meeting in a West African city due to a fuel leak and subsequent burning.
Shows some pictures published by local media Bodies burned in the streets Around the tanker.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic fires and the horrific loss of life,” said Julius Mata, president of Sierra Leone.
In a tweet, Mata said she would “do everything to support the families of the victims.”
Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawierr described seeing the photos “Heartbreaking”.
About About 100 people are being treated in hospitals And health centers in Freetown.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowded Choitram supermarket in the eastern suburbs of Wellington.
A bus was completely gutted by fire and nearby shops and market stalls caught fire, a local newspaper reported.
Prima Pure Cece, director of Sierra Leone’s National Disaster Management Agency, explained that there were many “burned corpses”.
“It was a terrible accident,” he told local media.
“Fireball scattered in traffic”
Umaru Fopana, Journalist Independent, Freetown
Body parts are still in the burned vehicles at the scene of the accident. The petrol tanker and the truck that hit it are left.
Traffic was congested as nearby motorcycle taxis began to collect spilled fuel.
In a short time, an explosion occurred.
The fires spread to surrounding areas and to vehicles stuck in traffic.
Authorities say most of the dead have already been found in the central morgue in Freetown, and the injured have been admitted to hospitals across the city.
The army, police and firefighters were all concentrated at the scene.
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