At least 9 people were killed and 10 others seriously injured on Sunday when a gas tank exploded at a fuel complex in southeastern Nigeria, reported the state police.

The police chief, speaking at the scene, said the facility’s manager had not yet explained “what led to the explosion”.

“For now, nine people are confirmed dead and many others who sustained different burns are currently receiving treatment,” he added.

“The figure could be more than nine, while at least 10 persons sustained various degrees of life-threatening injuries,” a worker at the facility said on condition of anonymity, after the early morning blast.