Ghana explosion kills more than dozen, destroys 500 buildings

Ghana confirms death of 17 people in mining truck explosion that also wounded nearly 60 residents in western Apiate village

Ghana, Africa

1/21/2022 5:03:00 AM

Ghana confirms death of 17 people in mining truck explosion that also wounded nearly 60 residents in western Apiate village

Explosion that left 17 dead and nearly 60 wounded occurred in the southwestern Apiate area between the towns of Bogoso and Bawdie when a motorcycle went under a truck carrying mining explosives, officials say.

At least 17 people have been killed and nearly 60 injured in an explosion that devastated part of a town in western Ghana after a truck carrying explosives collided with a motorcycle."A total of 17 people have unfortunately been confirmed dead, and 59 injured people have been rescued," Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement released on Thursday. 

Officials said the blast levelled 500 buildings.The explosion occurred in Apiate between the towns of Bogoso and Bawdie when a motorcycle went under a truck carrying explosives owned by a company called Maxam that was on route to the Chirano gold mine, run by Toronto-based Kinross.

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