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At least 55 people are killed in a mine explosion in Burkina Faso


Ouagadougou (AFP) – 22/02/2022 02:18

The explosion occurred in a dynamite warehouse near an illegal mine

  • Burkina Faso’s state television announced that the death toll from the explosion was 59.
  • The explosion uprooted trees and charred others, leaving a “big crater” at the site.

At least 55 people were killed and 55 injured in southwest Burkina Faso An explosion occurred in a dynamite warehouse near an illegal gold mine, officials told AFP.

“The accident occurred on Monday afternoon at a gold mining site in Gomgombero, and the provisional death toll is about fifty,” a local official said.

For his part, a medical source said that the death toll from the disaster was 55 dead and 55 wounded, including women and children.

The source pointed out that the death toll is likely to rise, because a number of the wounded are seriously injured and threaten their lives.

Burkina Faso’s state television announced that the death toll from the explosion was 59.

“The victims were killed as a result of an accidental explosion caused by a fire in the storage area of ​​smuggled sticks of dynamite,” which was “sold on the site,” a resident of Gomgobero said.

He spoke of “horrific scenes”, and said that the explosion uprooted trees and charred others and left a “big crater” at the site.

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