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Ghana: Police fear dozens dead after heavy explosion

2022-01-20T23:19:25.606Z

A large quantity of explosives detonated when a motorcycle crashed into a truck in Ghana, West Africa. The number of dead and injured is still unclear.



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Police in West African Ghana fear dozens of deaths after violent explosion.

The collision of a truck loaded with explosives and a motorcycle triggered a huge detonation near the city of Bogoso, police said.

Fire brigade and ambulance are on site.

The explosives on the truck were supposed to be used in mining.

Gold is mainly mined in the region.

According to the Ghanaian civil protection agency, 500 buildings are affected, many of which are said to have burned down.

The residents of surrounding towns were instructed to take in those seeking help and to provide schools and churches as accommodation.

The Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo confirmed that people died in the "sad" and "tragic" incident, without giving a number.

Police, army and national civil protection are instructed to support the rescue work.

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Source: spiegel

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