Six killed and 46 injured in a fuel tank explosion in the capital of Mali

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Six people were killed and 46 injured when a fuel tanker exploded in a traffic accident in central Bamako on Tuesday, a civil protection official said.

A witness told Reuters the tank suddenly changed course to avoid a motorcycle collision before his driver lost control and exploded. He said fire broke out in pedestrians who ran to extinguish themselves in nearby water channels.

Images of the scene circulating on social media showed a huge column of black smoke billowing into the sky and on the side of the road a row of motorbikes and charred cars.

“We found several people on fire and the tanker capsized when we arrived at the site,” said Lieutenant-General Diarra, director-general of civil protection in Bamako. There are currently 46 seriously injured, six dead and more than 30 motorcycles, a light truck and a burnt-out vehicle.”

There was no immediate indication that the incident was linked to Islamist groups, which have often carried out violent attacks in north and central West Africa.

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