Tanker truck explosion kills 73 in Mozambique

Pretoria - At least 73 people were killed and dozens of people injured after a tanker truck exploded in northern Mozambique on Thursday, the government said.

The blast took place in Tete province when the tanker truck was en route transporting petrol to Malawi from Mozambican central port city of Beira.

The truck blew up when local residents were gathering around the vehicle to buy fuel, the government said.

Over 110 people were injured, some of them critically. Children were among the wounded and have been taken to hospital nearby.

The government said a national team was expected to arrive at the site on Friday to investigate the cause of the blast. – SAnews.gov.za-Xinhua