London— A loaded truck with fuel exploded and killed at least 73 people in a remote village in Mozambique in southern Africa, per the administration communications office.
Villagers in the area where the incident took had been trying to illegally siphon fuel from the truck on Thursday when the explosion happened, reports the government.
The number of victims was expected to rise as dozens more were critically injured in the accident, which occurred in the village of Caphiridzange, in Tate, an impoverished northern province more than 1,200 miles from the capital, Maputo.
The government in Maputo dispatched investigators to Tete on Friday to consider the cause of the blast.
The truck was transporting its load from the port of Beira, on the Indian Ocean in central Mozambique, to Malawi, the landlocked nation north of Tete Province.
Sources close to police in the country paint a different picture about the incident, saying our the accident occurred after the driver had diverted from a main road to sell fuel to the villagers.