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A powerful explosion in Ghana has destroyed almost an entire city, killing at least 17 people

An explosion in western Ghana razed hundreds of buildings when a truck carrying explosives in a gold mine collided with a motorcycle.

At least 17 people were killed and 59 were injured in the blast. Many of the injured are in critical condition, and many are still missing.

The blast caused a crater in the city, destroying hundreds of homes. The area after the explosion was covered with trees, bricks, metal and rubble, France 24 reported.

Seji Saji Amedonu, deputy director general of the National Disaster Management Organization, said 500 buildings had been destroyed.

Residents have been advised to leave the area for safety and move to nearby towns, police said in a statement.

Nearby cities have been asked to open public spaces, including classrooms and churches to house survivors.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a truck carrying Maxam-owned explosives at the Chirano gold mine operated by Toronto-based Kinros.

A Kinros spokesman confirmed the incident, saying it happened 140km from the mine.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Ado announced on Twitter that he had been informed of the incident and confirmed that he was dead.

“It is a truly tragic incident and on behalf of the government I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” ​​he said.

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