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Ghana blast: At least 17 killed in gold mine region

A truck transporting explosives to a gold mine crashed with a motorcycle in western Ghana, killing at least 17 people and injuring 59 others, according to Samuel Jinapor, Minister of lands and natural resources.

The news: The explosion happened on Thursday near Apiate, between the villages of Bogoso and Bawdie, around 140 kilometres (87 miles) from Kinross’ Chirano gold mine.

  • A business called Maxam owns the explosives-carrying truck.
  • According to a National Disaster Management Organization official, hundreds of buildings were damaged, and unverified photographs on social media showed a massive, smouldering crater near the epicentre of the bomb.
  • The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said in a statement that it is examining what caused the disaster and whether the procedures governing explosives transportation were followed.
  • According to the Information Minister, relief efforts are ongoing for stranded community members, and others in severe condition are being transported to medical facilities in Accra.
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