30 dead in Nigeria after oil tankers catch fire

At least 30 people were burnt to death after five oil tankers caught fire following an explosion in a southern Nigerian city.

“The fire involved five petrol tankers. Residents were rushing to scoop fuel but were stopped by members of the military,” said spokesman of National Emergency Management Agency Yushau Shuaib.

He could not confirm the casualty figure. But, local Daily Trust newspaper said 30 people were burnt to death when the tankers caught fire on Friday after explosion at Abuloma waterside and Rumuokehi in southern city of Port Harcourt in oil rich Rivers State.

Fire fighters battled to put off the fire while members of the NEMA rescued five people from the inferno
Last week, a similar fire incident killed 200 people in the same state.

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