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Gas explosion in Ghana's capital Accra, casualties unknown - government

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<p>A fuel station has exploded in Ghana’s capital , Accra on Saturday evening, killing an unknown number of people, a government official said.</p> <p>“Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers,” Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station. “There are quite a number also injured.”</p> <p>He added that the main blaze was largely under control and that the government planned to release casualty figures on Sunday morning. </p> <p>The explosion which occurred at around 7:30 p.m. local time (1930 <span class="caps">GMT</span>) began at a state-owned <span class="caps">GOIL</span> liquefied natural gas station and spread to a Total petrol station across the street at the city’s Atomic Junction.</p> <p>Some students at some hostels at the West African nation’s premier University campus, close to where the incident happened reportedly took to their heels.</p> <p>Social media images posted to facebook and shared on whatsapp saw thick smoke billowing in the air seconds after the explosion.</p>

Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers,” Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a local radio station. “There are quite a number also injured.

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