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At least 17 people dead in an explosion in Ghana

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.
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At least 17 people have been reported dead in Ghana’s western region after an explosion sparked by a collision between a mining explosive vehicle and a motorcycle.

Police in Ghana have said that the explosion in Bogoso happened on Thursday afternoon.

There were videos of the explosion circulating on social media with bodies seen scattered on the floor near the accident site.

Some 59 people were said by officials to have sustained various degrees of injuries and are receiving treatment at the hospital.

In a statement on Facebook the police said it has “taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.”

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It advised the public “to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety.”

According to the police “preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.”

Ghana’s President has described the incident as unfortunate and said in a statement on his social media page.

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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