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Dozens Injured In Guinea Fuel Depot Blast

The explosion, accompanied by a fire, occurred shortly after midnight in the administrative and business district of Kaloum, near the port, according to local media and residents contacted by AFP.


This image grab taken from AFPTV video footage on December 18, 2023 shows people in front of the flames from the fire at Conakry’s main fuel depot. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

 

An explosion rocked a fuel depot in the Guinea capital Conakry on Monday, injuring dozens of people, according to a doctor and residents.

“Dozens of injured people are arriving at two of Conakry’s main hospitals, Ignace Deen and Donka,” Mamadouba Sylla, a surgeon at Donka Hospital, told AFP.

The explosion, accompanied by a fire, occurred shortly after midnight in the administrative and business district of Kaloum, near the port, according to local media and residents contacted by AFP.

The explosion sent thick black clouds of smoke into the sky on Monday morning as residents fled the area where the blast occurred, images on social networks showed.

“Kaloum is burning. The port area is completely barricaded by the police, and firefighters are rushing towards the (site) of the disaster,” resident Thierno Diallo told AFP by telephone.

TOPSHOT – This image grab taken from AFPTV video footage on December 18, 2023 shows flames from the fire at Conakry’s main fuel depot . At least eight people were dead on December 18, 2023 after an explosion and fire at Guinea’s main fuel depot in the capital of Conakry, a hospital official told AFP. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Witnesses said dozens of civil protection vehicles had reached the area, but Guinean authorities did not immediately comment on the situation.

“The power is completely cut off in the area,” Diallo, who identified himself as a customs officer, said.