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17 Civilians Killed in South Africa Gas Leak

17 people have died as a result of a gas cylinder leak that occurred in a South African shanty town overnight, according to a local official, who also blamed the catastrophe on an illegal mining operation gone awry.

On Wednesday, a call was made concerning a gas explosion in the Angelo slum, east of Johannesburg.

But when they got there, they found “a gas leakage from a cylinder” that was filled with “poisonous gas,” according to emergency services spokesman William Ntladi.

17 Killed in South Africa Gas Leak (SpadeTV)

He said the cause of the incident “is alleged to be a nitrate oxide gas leakage from the cylinder used in an illegal mining activity in and around the settlement.”

“Apparently, the illegal miners used the gas to extrapolate gold out of the soil,” he said.

Panyaza Lesufi, the premier of Gauteng Province, stated that investigations were ongoing to ascertain how the leak occurred and what kind of gas was involved.

“The scene was heartbreaking,” he said, adding that one person had died in a hospital overnight, raising the death toll to 17, while four others were in critical condition.

An official from the Ekurhuleni municipality’s accident and Emergency Management Services connected the accident to illegal mining

When they arrived at the scene near the middle-class suburb of Boksburg, first responders found scores of people “lying all over the area, due to inhalation of this toxic gas,” Ntladi said.

Numerous unlicensed miners scour abandoned mines for gold in difficult and frequently dangerous circumstances.

The commercial centre of South Africa, Johannesburg, and the districts around it are constructed around the huge piles of earth and vast holes that successive generations of mining companies left behind from the start of the 1880s gold rush.

In the same suburb, a vehicle carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) became stuck beneath a bridge, causing a leak and explosion, which resulted in the deaths of 41 people on Christmas Eve last year.

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