ECOWAS Commission to assist Sierra Leone after deadly fuel tanker explosion

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Photo taken with mobile phone shows a car damaged by a fuel tanker explosion in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Nov. 6, 2021. Over 100 people have been killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, police said Saturday. (Photo by Abu/Xinhua)
Photo taken with mobile phone shows a car damaged by a fuel tanker explosion in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Nov. 6, 2021. Over 100 people have been killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, police said Saturday. (Photo by Abu/Xinhua)

West African bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has expressed shock about the recent deadly explosion of a fuel tanker in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

In a statement made available to Xinhua on Wednesday, the ECOWAS Commission said in the spirit of community solidarity, it will liaise with the West African Health Organization and relevant agencies in Sierra Leone to assist with the difficult situation.

According to local authorities, a loaded fuel tanker exploded in east Freetown after colliding with a truck last Friday. Most of the victims were street vendors and motorcyclists who tried to scoop up the leaked fuel before it ignited.

The Sierra Leonian government on Wednesday put the death toll at 130, saying 29 victims remain hospitalized while others with slight injuries have been discharged.

“The (ECOWAS) Commission would like to extend its deepest condolences and profound compassion to the government and the people of Sierra Leone on this painful disaster. We wish a full recovery to those still receiving medical attention,” the regional bloc said. Enditem

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