At least 100 people were killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Sierra Leone that occurred in the early hours of Saturday.
Mohamed Lamrane Bah, director of communications for Sierra Leone’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), told CNN that several people were also in critical condition following the explosion.
Video received: a fuel tanker exploded in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown last night.
CNN reporting that at least 84 people have been killed. pic.twitter.com/2SBvntrarb
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) November 6, 2021
Bah said the authorities have transferred injured people to hospitals and collected the bodies, adding that the rescue effort at the scene has ended.
Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr said in a statement on Twitter that she was “saddened to hear about an explosion along Bai Bureh Road, Wellington, after a truck carrying fuel collided with another truck.”
Deeply saddened to hear about the explosion along Bai Bureh Road, Wellington, after a bowser carrying fuel collided with a truck. My sympathies go to the families and loved ones of the victims of the explosion. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace #FreetownMourns
— Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE (@yakisawyerr) November 6, 2021
“The video and photo footage making rounds on social media are harrowing,” Aki-Sawyerr added. “My sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the explosion. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.”