Mozambique: 73 die in fuel truck explosion

At least 73 people have been killed in a fuel truck explosion in Mozambique as they tried to siphon fuel from an overturned truck, the government said.

A government statement said the explosion occurred in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near the border with Malawi.

More than 100 others were injured, some of them critically, it said.

Announcing an investigation, information ministry director Joao Manasses said it was also possible that the vehicle had been ambushed by residents.

Government ministers are due to arrive in the area on Friday to oversee the rescue work and the inquiry.

The tanker had been carrying fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira.

Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries and struggles constantly with food shortages caused by drought.

It gained independence from Portugal in 1975 but is still suffering from the effects of a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992.

 

BBC/Zainab Sa’id