Police: More than 30 people killed in Nigeria fuel pipeline fire

December 26, 2007 13:12

A ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded in flames, killing at least 34 people near Nigeria's main city of Lagos as they tried to scoop fuel from the gushing leak, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday morning at Agbogbo, a village near the coastal city of Lagos. "We counted a total of 34 bodies at the scene," Lagos police spokesman Frank Mbah told reporters. Most of the victims were women and children who had crowded at the scene with jerry cans and buckets in the hope of collecting fuel for sale or personal use, witnesses said.

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