In Africa, a massive explosion: many dead

In Africa, a massive explosion: many dead

"Unfortunately, there are a number of fatalities, and we are now working hard to establish the exact number of the dead", he said, adding that there are also many injured. "And the ambulance services assisted us to move all the injured persons to a number of medical facilities round".

The explosion about 7:30pm local time began at a state-owned GOIL liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street at the city's Atomic Junction, a witness said.

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"Cabinet will be meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017 and, I believe, out of that meeting, the country will know what our programme is, the comprehensive programme we intend to have to bring such incidents to a stop", he said.

A fuel tanker burns at a petrol station near Accra.

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Frightened residents ran from the explosion and more than 200 police were deployed to help to cordon off the area after the initial explosion caused a second blast.

Kobby Boateng, a computer programmer, said he had returned to the university campus with his girlfriend when the blast happened.

In 2015, an explosion in the capital city killed about 150 people who were seeking shelter from seasonal rains and flooding at a gas station.

"People were rushing out of their rooms".