23 killed after oil tanker explosion in Nigeria Sep 24, 2020 0 260 12345 DPALagosTwenty-three people, including children, were killed when an oil tanker truck overturned and exploded near a bus stop in central Nigeria, emergency officials said on Wednesday.The victims include staff and students of the Kogi State Polytechnic in the central town of Lokoja, which is near to the accident site, Federal Road Safety Corps said in a statement. A family of five and school children are also among the dead.Four of the victims “were burnt beyond recognition” after the explosion near a bus stop that serves the polytechnic, the statement read.The initial cause of the accident, in which the truck overturned, spilled oil and exploded, was still unknown on Wednesday, with initial investigations pointing to a possible brake failure.Nine other vehicles also caught fire following the explosion, the road agency said.Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello urged the population to “remain calm and peaceful” despite their grieving.Road accidents are common in the West African nation and are often caused by poor road infrastructure, poorly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. In June 2018, 11 people were killed and 54 vehicles caught fire when an oil tanker overturned in the commercial capital Lagos. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions Sep 24, 2020 0 700 Taliban kill 28 police in southern Afghanistan Sep 24, 2020 0 2835 Freed Taliban prisoners returning to battlefield: Top Afghan official Sep 24, 2020 0 1048 Heavy monsoon rains cause flooding, disrupt transport in Mumbai NEW DELHI: Heavy monsoon rains lashed India’s financial capital of Mumbai, disrupting road and rail traffic and flooding low-lying areas of the city, officials said on Wednesday. Mumbai received 286.4 millimetres of .. South Sudan govt figures embezzled $36 mn: UN panel AFP Geneva High-ranking politicians and bureaucrats in South Sudan have siphoned off at least $36 million in public funds, sometimes with the connivance of international corporations and banks, a UN commission said on .. Iraqi president calls for help in returning displaced Yezidis DPA Cairo Iraqi President Barham Salih has called for all efforts to be put towards returning people who were displaced when Islamic State overran large parts of his country years ago, including Yezidi women who are still .. Israeli delegation in Manama for first talks after signing deal MANAMA: An Israeli delegation conducted official talks in Bahrain on Wednesday, the first visit by diplomats from that country since the Gulf kingdom signed a deal normalising ties with Israel last week. “Talks were .. Philippines’ COVID-19 death toll tops 5,000 MANILA: The Philippines’ death toll from the coronavirus outbreak topped 5,000, while the country’s caseload rose to more than 294,000, the government said on Wednesday. The Department of Health reported 44 .. UN slashes health care in Yemen due to lack of funding AFP Sanaa The United Nations said on Wednesday that critical aid had been cut at 300 health centres across war-ravaged Yemen due to a lack of funding, with lifesaving food handouts also reduced. Between April and August, .. Four Algerian siblings jailed for Bouteflika-era graft AFP Algiers An Algerian court on Wednesday sentenced four siblings, from a family close to ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to hefty prison terms for corruption under his rule, state media reported. The Kouninef ..