Deaths in Cameroon train crash

Inquiry announced after train derails outside the West African nation's capital.

    The death toll could rise as some of the railway carriages ended up in ravines by the track

    "Only when the inquiry put in place by the prime minister, head of government, and by the railway manager, only when these inquiries are completed, then we will give you the reason why this accident took place and the number of casualties," he said.

    Officials said the train was carrying more than 1,000 passengers.

    A day earlier, a train carrying gas and petrol derailed and burst into flames, killing at least one person.

    The government has set up inquiries into the two accidents and vowed to pay the medical costs for the injured.

    French industrial giant Bollore has a contract to operate Cameroon's national railway until 2020 and has plans for a $300m upgrade for the country's railway and rolling stock.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.