No fewer than five people died while several other persons sustained varying degree of injuries as a kerosene-laden tank exploded at popular Kubwa Village Market in Abuja on Friday night.

The incident happened at the junction leading to the L.E.A Primary School, Jaji Street, and few metres away from St Luke Catholic Church.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporter saw bodies of the victims being evacuated by the combined team of officers of the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Fire Service, among others.

The inferno, which gutted the adjoining shops in the area, was extinguished by the Fire Service men.

A witness, Mr Chima Nnamdi, told NAN that the sad event occurred at about 7:15pm.

Nnamdi said he had, so far, counted at least five bodies, some of which were burnt beyond recognition.

He said several other people, who sustained injuries, had been taken to Kubwa General Hospital.

He said that the kerosene might be an adulterated product.

A kerosene seller and her two children also died in the fire incident.

Follow Us on Facebook – @LadunLiadi; Instagram – @LadunLiadi; Twitter – @LadunLiadi; Youtube – @LadunLiadiTV for updates