Pipeline explosion in Nigeria kills at least 12 | News

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At least 12 people died this Friday due to an explosion in an oil pipeline in the state of Rivers, in southern Nigeria, while trying to extract oil irregularly.


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Rivers police spokeswoman Grace Iringe-Koko explained that the identity of the victims is unknown as they were burned by the explosion. She also explained that the population should not try to extract oil irregularly to avoid this type of event.

Iringe-Koko added that the authorities are working to determine the exact number of victims and the number of injured, which is unknown so far.

Residents of the area assured the media that the death toll is much higher due to a fire that broke out after the outbreak in the community of Emouoha, near the site of the explosion, where political groups are demanding a greater participation in the income from commerce. oil.

According to local media reports, the explosion occurred when the driver of one of the vehicles used to transport the crude started his engine.

According to these reports, the victims were involved in the operation of an illegal crude oil refinery. Several hundred people have died in recent years in this African country as a result of explosions while trying to steal fuel from pipelines.

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