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73 killed in truck explosion in Mozambique

In a statement on Thursday, officials said that the vehicle had overturned while transporting fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira.

At least 73 people have been killed in a fuel truck explosion in Mozambique. A government statement said people had been trying to take petrol from the truck when it exploded in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near the border with Malawi.

More than 100 others were injured, some of them critically. The injured were been taken to hospital about 90km away and a government team was due to travel to the area in Tete province, some 2,000km from the capital Maputo on Friday, The Times reported.

In a statement on Thursday, officials said that the vehicle had overturned while transporting fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira.

“The incident occurred when citizens tried to take petrol from a truck” in a small village in Tete province, the statement said. “Because of the heat, the truck burst into flames.”

 The initial death toll stood at 43, but official later raised it to 73. At least 110 others suffered burns, the government said

 

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