At least 100 killed, injured in gas station blast in Nigeria

LAGOS, Dec. 25 -- At least 100 persons were either killed or injured in a gas station explosion on Thursday in Nnewi, southeastern Nigeria, eye witnesses and security sources said.

Local newspaper Vanguard daily reported earlier that over 100 people were killed in the gas plant explosion.

However, a Red Cross official, who did not want to be named, said the explosion killed about six persons on the spot.

Also, the state Police Commissioner, Hosea Karma gave the casualty figure as six dead and six injured.

According to the State Fire Service, the blast occurred at Inter Corp Oil limited plant, triggering a huge fire. The victims were locals who had come to fill up their gas cylinders and passersby.

Emeka Offor, a local resident told Xinhua on Friday that several buildings, over 60 vehicles and more than 50 motorcycles were burnt, while more than 20 other people sustained injuries.

The Red Cross official said the timely intervention of the fire service prevented the fire from spreading, adding that the dead had been deposited at a morgue in Nnewi while the injured were rushed to different hospitals.

Karma said no employee of the firm died in the blast.