The Guinean government on Thursday said the death toll from a blast and fire at an oil terminal in the country’s capital, Conakry, has increased to 23 from 13 earlier, and the number of injured has risen to 241 from 178.
According to the government in a statement, 10 remains were still to be identified, adding that it had received reports of several people still missing.
In the statement, the government said that gasoline distribution was ongoing across the country as the blast at Guinea’s main oil terminal that handles its fuel imports sparked fears of shortages.
Meanwhile, in the capital Conakry, following the unavailability of petrol at gas stations, clashes broke out sporadically on Thursday afternoon between groups of mobile young people throwing stones and massively deployed defense forces, who responded by firing tear gas.
They barricaded the road leading from the outskirts of Conakry to the center of the capital, particularly in the districts of Sonfonia, Wanindara, Kagbelen, Koloma and Hamdallaye.
The government announced the resumption of diesel supplies, but petrol distribution remains cut and the restriction on tanker trucks is maintained.
In Guinea, many young people are motorcycle taxi drivers.