Gas truck explosion in Nigeria kills more than 100

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    Gas truck explosion in Nigeria kills more than 100

    A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant in Nigeria on Thursday, killing more than 100 people lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders in time for Christmas. By the time firefighters put out the blaze, an Associated Press reporter counted the charred remains of more than 100 corpses. A witness, Emeka Peters, said the fire broke out about 11 a.m. when a tanker truck that had finished discharging fresh gas at the Chikason Group Gas plant left without waiting to observe the prescribed cooling time. He said the fire raged for hours. Peters, 36, said most of the corpses and the few badly injured victims were evacuated to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi.