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Mourning in Sierra Leone for victims of explosion

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Mourning in Sierra Leone for victims of explosion

Freetown, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) The population of Sierra Leone, still shaken by the tragedy, is today in national mourning for the deaths of a hundred people due to the explosion of a tanker loaded with gasoline.
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The disaster occurred last Friday in the capital and the authorities announced the creation of a specialized group to investigate the causes of the catastrophe, the most serious of its kind in the history of this small West African country.

So far it is known that the tanker exploded after colliding with another vehicle and that the high death toll was due to a combination of factors: the crowding of people collecting gasoline from the vehicle and the flames of the fire.

Among the fatalities were the passengers of a public transport bus that was traveling through the upper class district of Wellington, the scene of the catastrophe.

The Sierra Leonean President, Julius Maada Bio, addressed the country in which he promised assistance to the nearly 100 injured, many of whom are in critical condition.

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