Fuel depot blast claims lives in Libya

An explosion at a fuel depot in the Libyan city of Sirte has claimed more than 50 lives, according to reports. Leith Mohammed, commander of the National Transitional Council, is […]

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By Vicky Ellis

An explosion at a fuel depot in the Libyan city of Sirte has claimed more than 50 lives, according to reports.

Leith Mohammed, commander of the National Transitional Council, is quoted as telling the AFP that more than 100 people were killed and 50 more injured in the blast last night.

A short circuit is being blamed for two fuel tanks exploding while people waited to fill up their cars in Sirte, the last stronghold of deposed Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi before he died during fighting last week.