At least 73 people have been killed and scores more injured in a fuel truck explosion in Mozambique, the nation’s public radio announced.
A government statement said people had been trying to take petrol from the truck when it exploded in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near the border with Malawi.
The statement said that at least 110 people including children were injured. Some of them were in critical condition.
Authorities were trying to determine whether the oil tank truck was selling petrol when it exploded, or whether it had been ambushed by residents, information ministry director Joao Manasses told AFP.
Government ministers were due to arrive at the spot to monitor the rescue work.
The tanker had been carrying fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira.
Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries, with more than half the 24 million population living below the poverty line.
The 16 year long civil war, which ended in 1992, had pushed the country to a severe economic crisis.