Tehran (IP) - The spokesman for Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs referred to the deaths of dozens of Sierra Leone's people sympathising with the nation of the West African country.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed his deep sorrow over the deaths of dozens of Sierra Leoneans in the fuel tanker explosion and offered his condolences to the government, the people and the survivors of the victims and sympathized with them.

The explosion of an oil tanker that shook the capital of Sierra Leone has killed dozens of people, international media reported on Saturday.

Local media in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, also reported that more than 90 people had been killed in a massive fuel tanker explosion in the city center.

Local sources said the 12-meter tanker exploded late Friday local time, injuring dozens in addition to 90 people.

According to these sources, the explosion occurred due to the collision of a fuel tanker with a car on one of the busy streets of Freetown.

The authorities say most of the dead have now been received at the central morgue in Freetown, with the critically injured admitted to hospitals across the city. The army, police, and fire force are all at the scene.

The port city of Freetown, which is home to just over a million people, has faced several severe disasters in recent years.

In March, more than 80 people were injured after a major fire in one of the city's slums left more than 5,000 people displaced.

And in 2017, over 1,000 people were killed after heavy rains led to a mudslide that swept through the city, leaving around 3,000 people homeless.


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