Niamey: At least 55 have been killed in Niger tanker truck explosion, as reported by AFP. An interior ministry spokesman confirmed the death toll.

“The toll from the explosion is 55 dead and 36 injured,” the official told AFP. As per reports, the victims were also burnt.

What comes as a surprise is that witnesses said that people were trying to collect petrol leaking from the truck, which had overturned on railway tracks when the explosion took place.