“It simply came to our notice then [there are] At least 17 people have been killed, “said Isaac Tasmani, the city’s chief executive of the Prestia Honey-Valley Municipal Assembly.
The AFP reports that another 59 people were injured in the blast.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a small town in western Ghana. Quattro Pemba, who works in the area when he heard the explosion, told CNN that every building there had collapsed and people and animals were trapped in the rubble.
“This is a real tragedy for Ghana,” Pemba said.
Most of the victims have been rescued and admitted to various hospitals and clinics, police said. No further details about their condition have been released.
“Police and other emergency service providers have implemented a full emergency rescue exercise,” a police statement said. “We ask everyone to remain calm as we manage this unfortunate situation.”
“Police are responsible for providing security for emergency personnel, including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service, to manage the situation,” another report said.
As rescue operations continue, civilians have been advised to leave the area and move to nearby cities for their safety.
The police report called for the opening of classrooms, churches and other buildings in nearby cities to accommodate the survivors.
Apiate, Bempah said, small and residential, population not exceeding 10,000. “Most of the people are farmers and miners,” he said.
At the beginning of the crash, the local community entered as first responders, pulling people and animals out of the collapsed debris and rushing the injured to hospitals before ambulances arrived, Pemba said.
The ammunition was delivered to a nearby mine run by Sirano Gold Mines, the company’s spokeswoman Guapena Ovus-Ambrod also said.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and the recovery efforts,” he said.
In the same month, another fire in the Ashanti region of the country killed 3 people.
Contributed by CNN Taylor Barnes.