At least 23 people were killed and more than 130 wounded on Tuesday in a plant fire in northern Khartoum, sparked by the explosion of a gas tanker, the government said.
A thick black smoke rose in the sky during the fire, while the area was cordoned off by police, according to witnesses and an AFP correspondent.
A gas tank was still in flames when an AFP photographer arrived at the scene, where firefighters were in action.
The Indian embassy in Khartoum has indicated on its website that 50 Indian nationals were employed by the factory and that some of them are among the victims, without providing details.
In a statement, the government reported that « 23 people were killed and more than 130 wounded in a fire in an industrial area », caused by « the explosion of a gas tanker truck ».
According to initial information gathered on site, there was a lack of security equipment in the plant, the government reported.
« There were also flammable products badly arranged, which allowed the spread of fire, » he added, adding that an investigation had been opened.
The wounded were transported to several hospitals and doctors who were not working were called in, according to a committee of doctors formed in the context of the protest movement that shook Sudan from December 2018 to August 2019.
« The explosion was strong. Several vehicles parked nearby also caught fire, « told AFP an employee of a neighboring company.