June 23, 2024
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Explosion Hits Oil Terminal in Guinea’s Capital

A huge explosion at the main oil terminal in Guinea’s capital Conakry has killed at least eight people and wounded dozens.

BBC reports that the explosion blew out the windows of nearby houses in downtown Conakry, and hundreds of residents fled the area.

The authorities have ordered schools in the city to close and urged workers to stay at home. The explosion was caused by a fire, but unclear what started the blaze.

“Eight charred bodies were brought to the morgue of the Ignace Deen hospital,” a senior official at the facility told AFP news agency.

Media reports of the number of people injured vary from 84 to 100. The fire broke out at around midnight local time and was still raging hours later.

The government has ordered the evacuation of residents in the area. Government spokesman Ousmane Gaoual Diallo said he could not confirm casualty figures because “we still haven’t finished counting the number of victims”.

A crisis unit has been set up under the prime minister to deal with the fire, and its aftermath, he said.

The gutted oil depot was “strategically very important”, as it supplied fuel to almost of the country, Mr Diallo added.

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