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Many feared dead as explosion rocks Bogoso in Ghana

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A huge explosion has reportedly killed at least 17 people near a mining town in western Ghana, officials reveal.

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According to police sources, a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso.

Images shared by local media showed a large plume of black smoke rising above destroyed buildings and scattered debris as residents call for help with graphic videos showed mutilated bodies of victims. A large crater can also be seen beside a road.

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Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said at least 59 people were injured, some of whom were in a critical condition,

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said the military had joined emergency efforts to help “contain the situation”, and the country’s disaster management agency had been tasked with bringing “rapid relief” to residents.

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“It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident,” he tweeted.

In an emergency notice, police said the “huge explosion” had occurred between Bogoso and the village of Bawdie.Rescue efforts were under way and people have been told to move out of the area.

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Police called on nearby towns to “open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims”.

“We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation.”

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A team of police and army explosion experts were deployed to “avoid a second explosion” and secure the scene, the government said.

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