Several killed as tanker truck explodes and people flee blaze in terror

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Several people have been killed and many more seriously injured after a fuel tanker exploded in the Wellington area of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

Satellite Hospital, located in the capital, is said to have become completely overwhelmed by victims and is now referring people elsewhere.

The tanker exploded on a busy junction in front of Choithram Supermarket, causing fires to break out.

It is thought that the tanker exploded at 10pm local time on Friday, and now crowds of people have gathered where the massive blast occurred.

Local reports and devastating images shared on social media indicate that several people have been killed in the street.

Magdalene Konneh, a Sierra Leonean journalist currently living in Australia, said on Twitter: "It has been reported that so many people have lost their lives while others are badly injured.

"Please check on your family and friends. God take control."

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