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Explosion Kills 50 in Nigeria

Monday, October 15, 2018

An explosion on an oil pipeline left at least 50 dead in Nigeria on October 13. An official told the Anadolu Agency that there was a possibility that the death toll might rise. 

“At the moment, we have 50 casualties, but we will have a comprehensive report on Monday when we go to all the hospitals,” Evans Ugoh, southeast regional head of the National Emergency Management Agency, told Anadolu Agency. 

Ugoh said the explosion occurred in the early hours of Saturday when people were scooping fuel from a damaged pipeline through which the state-owned oil corporation ferries refined crude oil to its depot in Enugu. 

“The pipeline caught fire when they were scooping fuel, resulting in a huge explosion. A whole building was razed in the inferno while dozens of people were injured,” Ugoh said.