Waste Explosion Kills Two In Benin

At least two people have been killed, and a further 60 injured, following an explosion, at a waste burning site, in Benin.

An explosion at a waste burning site in Benin killed two people and injured at least 60, Health Ministry spokesman Dieudonne Katakoula said on Friday.

The blast struck late on Thursday as a crowd of people sifted through piles of expired food that had been dumped in Tori, a town about 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the capital Cotonou, several officials told Reuters.

Local councillor, Augustin Dianou, said that gasoline was being used to burn some of the food waste, which had caused the blast as people were filling sacks with discarded flour.

Earlier, district chief Bruno Houssouin had said there were “several killed and hundreds of wounded.”

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