Gas explosion kills at least 12 in north Nigeria

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ABUJA, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — At least 12 burned bodies were recovered from the scene of a gas explosion in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Katsina, police and local sources said on Monday.

Local police while confirming the incident to Xinhua said the incident occurred on Saturday in Danmusa local government area of the northern state.

A gas cylinder used for domestic cooking inside a building suddenly exploded and caused the tragedy, said Isah Gambo, the spokesman for the state’s police.

The victims, including three women and five children, were burned beyond recognition. They were all buried on Sunday, according to local sources.

The police said an investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

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