Huge gas blast rocks Ghana's capital, leaves casualties

Accra explosion

At least six people were killed and several others injured in a powerful explosion at a gas station in Madina district in Ghana's capital Accra on Sunday.

A witness said the fire began at a station that sells liquefied natural gas and spread to a petrol station across the street.

President Nana Akufo-Addo issued condolences to the relatives of those killed and said the government would work to ensure such incidents don't happen again.

Police said the blasts happened in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon in northeast Accra at about 1930 GMT. There were also 35 injured and five were in intensive care overnight.

In all, seven persons, as at midday Sunday, had been confirmed dead, with as many as 130 people suffering varying degrees of injuries.

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The blaze, in the suburb of Legon, was later largely brought under control, government minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told local radio, according to Reuters news agency.

The Accra city officials took to social media to make people aware of the explosion.

Reports suggest a tanker delivering natural gas caught fire.

Meanwhile, the Accra city authorities have warned people to avoid the area, which is also home to the University of Ghana campus. The petition is asking for stations to be situated "at least 50 meters away from residences and 100 meters from schools and hospitals need to enforce these rules".

"There's an investigation that's starting".

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