Nigerian gas tanker explosion kills at least 35
More than 100 injured in blast in northern state of Nasarawa
At least 35 people were killed on Monday and dozens injured when a gas tanker exploded in the northern Nigerian state of Nasarawa and started a blaze.
A State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said the accident happened at a gas station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria.
Usman Ahmed, acting director at SEMA, said the truck exploded at the point of discharging the gas, citing a witness account. The agency is investigating, he said.
"We have confirmed 35 dead and over a hundred injured. Most of those that died rushed to the accident spot to see what was happening," Ahmed told Reuters.
Traffic accidents are common in Nigeria, where roads are bad and safety standards poor.
At least nine people were killed in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos in June when a gas tanker caught fire and burned 53 other vehicles.