At least 17 people killed in Ghana mining town blast

Jan 21, 2022 by Energy Connects
image is Ghana

Rusting mining loader in Ghana.

At least 17 people were killed and 60 injured in a massive explosion near a mining town in western Ghana, officials said on Friday.

Ghana’s minister for lands and natural resources, Samuel Jinapor, told local media that the explosion near Bogoso happened when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle on Thursday.

The owner of the truck company was identified as a company called Maxam.

Pictures emerging from local media showed plumes of smoke rising above gutted buildings and scattered debris.

The blast occurred in Apiate – between the towns of Bogoso and Bawdie, about 140 km from the Chirano gold mine, run by Toronto-based Kinross (K.TO). The blast appeared to have completely levelled the town, CNN reported.

Local police said most of the victims had been rescued and admitted to local hospitals.

 

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