Deaths from Sierra Leone tanker blast rise to 144

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Coffins containing the remains of victims of the fuel tanker explosion are pictured during a burial ceremony at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone. REUTERS/Ibrahim S Miles Kamara

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FREETOWN, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The death toll from a fuel tanker explosion in Sierra Leone's capital on Nov. 5 has risen to 144 from a previous estimate of 115, health ministry data showed on Saturday.

The tanker exploded following a collision in a suburb of Freetown. Victims included people who had flocked to collect fuel leaking from the ruptured vehicle. read more

Fifty-seven people are still being treated in hospital of whom 11 remain in a critical condition, the ministry said.

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Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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