A devastating fuel explosion in Seme-Podji, a town bordering Nigeria, has resulted in the tragic loss of 34 lives, including two infants, and left 20 individuals with various degrees of injuries.
The explosion occurred at an illegal fuel depot in Seme-Podji, a town that sits near the border with Nigeria.
Speaking with reporters, Alassane Seidou, minister of interior in Benin Republic, said two babies were among the dead.
“Unfortunately we have 34 deaths including two babies. Their bodies are charred because the cause of the fire is smuggled fuel,” Seidou said.
He added that those who sustained injuries are receiving treatment in hospital.
Some of the petrol smuggled from oil rich Nigeria often ends up in Seme-Podji.