Death toll rises to five following gas tanker explosion in Nigeria

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The death toll from a liquefied petroleum gas tanker that exploded Thursday night in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, has risen to five, local authorities said Friday.

Ibrahim Farinloye, a zonal coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency, told Xinhua Friday that two out of the 13 persons who earlier sustained varying degrees of burns died while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Local officials had earlier confirmed three people were killed after the liquefied petroleum gas tanker exploded while in motion at about 10:32 p.m., local time Thursday on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in the Ikeja area of the state.

“This makes it a total of five persons killed in the explosion so far,” Farinloye said.

He earlier told Xinhua that a huge fire resulting from the explosion engulfed a nearby building that houses different commercial outfits. The fire was put out after concerted efforts from the state fire service and the emergency management agency.

About 25 vehicles were damaged in the accident, and search and rescue efforts are still underway, Farinloye added. Enditem

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