AT LEAST 8 KILLED IN GUINEA OIL TERMINAL BLAST, SAYS POLICE
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on December 18, 2023
Tragedy struck Guinea’s capital, Conakry, as a blast at the nation’s main oil terminal claimed at least eight lives and injured 84 early today. Senior police officials confirmed the casualties and reported that the blaze, though fierce, was being contained.
The explosion sent shockwaves through the Kaloum administrative district, shattering windows and sending hundreds fleeing for safety. Witnesses described a terrifying scene with billowing black smoke and flames visible from miles away. Firefighters were quickly on the scene, battling the inferno while soldiers and police escorted tanker trucks from the depot.
The extent of the damage to the terminal remains unclear, but the impact on lives and livelihoods is already stark. This incident raises critical questions about safety protocols and potential environmental repercussions.
As investigations into the cause of the blast are underway, one thing is certain: Guinea grapples with a tragedy that has left scars on both the landscape and the hearts of its people. The international community stands ready to offer support and assistance in the aftermath of this devastating event.