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Dozens killed in Benin after fuel depot explodes into flames

At least 35 people, including a child, killed after a blaze engulfs an illegal fuel depot along Benin’s border with Nigeria, officials and residents say.

by NWMNewsDesk
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At least 35 people have been killed in Benin after a fuel depot exploded into flames, sending a black cloud of smoke into the sky, according to officials and witnesses.

The fire broke out on Saturday at a warehouse for smuggled fuel in the town of Seme-Podji near the border with Nigeria, where cars, motorbikes, and tricycle taxis came to stock up on fuel, residents said.

A video of the fire widely circulated on social media, verified by Al Jazeera, shows a tower of black smoke and flames spewing into the air above what appears to be a marketplace as shocked people watch from a safe distance.

 

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Benin’s Interior Minister Alassane Seidou said the “cause of the fire is smuggled fuel”. He said the blaze left the bodies of the victims “badly charred”.

 

 

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