JUBA - An eye witness Mr. Ayiik Garang at Uganda border town of Nimule said two trucks carrying petrol were caught up by a blast yesterday. “Now two tank carrying petrol was set in blast”, said the sources over phone from Nimule adding that the cause of the fire remained to be identified.
He further said that no fire brigade came for rescue and doubted the unit’s presence in the town. Garang disclosed that only police officers were present and half of Nimule residents who were awaken by loud explosions of the tankers on fire and walked long ways to come to watch.
The eye witness reported that these burned tankers were stationed at Nile Valley Clearance Company Park waiting to be passed by custom authorities there. Garang added that he saw the two drivers of the tankers involved in the blast driven to the police station for what he assumed to be interrogation on the cause of fire.
He however firmly said that no any causality of the blast was reported nor had he seen any. According to him, the petrol tankers were coming from neighboring Uganda and were driven by Ethiopian nationals.
Biar, another eye witness said the blast started and lasted for two hours from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and large flames were being seen from the tankers which continued burning. He said it was unclear what caused the fires and added that authorities were struggling to find out where the fire started. Attempts to reach the Police in Nimule Town for confirmation and comment were unsuccessful.