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Fuel tanker explosion kills 20 in Nigeria

  |   Sept. 27, 2012 at 7:49 AM
KUDU, Nigeria, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A mass burial was conducted for 20 people who burned to death when a fuel tanker crashed and exploded in Nigeria, officials said.

Witnesses said the tanker's driver apparently lost control of the vehicle as it rounded a curve in the road near the village of Kudu in northern Nigeria Tuesday, the Nigerian Tribune reported.

One of the victims was a police officer who died while trying to rescue people trapped by the explosion, officials said.

Village leaders said several people were hospitalized and several houses were destroyed.

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