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Six dead in Ghana gas station explosion

Six dead in Ghana gas station explosion

According to the Ghana Fire Service spokesperson Billy Anaglatey, at least six people have been confirmed dead with over 35 people injured.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the Government will soon come out with a clear policy to prevent disasters such as the one that happened at the Atomic Junction in Accra on Saturday evening.

The two explosions sent a fireball into the nighttime sky and could be heard across the city of some 7 million people.

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Ghana's capital was the scene of a similar fire and explosion at a petrol station in June 2015 which killed more than 150. "And the ambulance services assisted us to move all the injured persons to a number of medical facilities round".

Several eyewitnesses said they had counted four or five bodies, although some bodies could have already been removed from the scene. "We will investigate. There are some vehicles that were also burned as a result of the explosions", he told AFP.

But he said people with "various degrees of injury" were being treated in hospital.

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The filling station is near a transport terminal and close to some hostels for the University of Ghana in Accra.

A gas station in Ghana's capital Accra has exploded, which forced frightened residents to flee.

The country's deputy minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the government deployed about 12 fire trucks and 200 police personnel to cordon off the scene and manage traffic.

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