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60 Killed in Haiti Fuel Tanker Explosion

International desk: The fuel tanker explosion, has killed at least 60 people in the Caribbean country of Haiti. Many more were injured. The bomber struck shortly after noon in the northern city of Cape Haiti. However, local doctors feared the death toll could rise further. News from the BBC.

The BBC reports that Haitian government officials fear the death toll could rise to more than 60. Local hospitals are full of injured people after the accident.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared three days of mourning in the country over the incident. He said the whole Caribbean nation was in mourning after the accident.

Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor was quoted by the BBC as saying that the tanker lost control and overturned while trying to avoid a collision with a vehicle. Then pedestrians and locals came to the road to collect fuel from the tanker. At this time the fire spread around due to the explosion of the tanker. Many were killed.

Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said the blast burned about 20 homes in the area. However, he did not know the details of how many people were killed in these houses.

"We don't have the capacity to treat people with severe burns," a nurse at Justinian University Hospital told AFP. "I'm afraid we can't save them all."

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