At least 50 people killed in an oil tanker explosion in Tanzania

At least 50 people killed in an oil tanker explosion in Tanzania

A video posted on social media showed dozens of people busy trying to recover fuel in yellow jerricans.

Spokesman for the Tanzanian Government Hassan Abbasi said news of the deaths was "received with sadness".

The explosion occurred when the vehicle overturned near the town of Morogoro, a settlement around 200 km west of the capital Dar es Salaam.

The blast came after a group of people tried to siphon fuel from the vehicle.

Last month, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people were trying to gather fuel.

"There are vehicles that carry risky fuel oil, as in this case in Morogoro, there are others that carry toxic chemicals or explosives, let's stop this practice, please", he said.

Morogoro is located approximately 120 miles from Tanzania's economic hub of Dar es Salaam.

Bodies of those who succumbed have been moved to Morogoro Regional Hospital.

"The situation is really bad".

In May, more than 50 people died in Niger when a tanker exploded.

Majority of the victims were motorcyclists who rushed to the scene to collect the oil gushing onto the road, according to eye witnesses.

Fire fighters from Tanzania People's Defense Force (TPDF) and Fire Brigade have been deployed for rescue mission.

Incidents of people being killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are common in East Africa.

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