More than 30 people killed in Nigeria fuel pipeline fire

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

There's word today that at least 34 people have been killed in a pipeline explosion in Nigeria.

It happened yesterday in a remote swamp on the coast but word only filtered out this morning.

Police say villagers were trying to scoop up fuel from a gushing leak in the pipe when it blew up. Witnesses say most of the victims were women and children who had flocked to the scene with cans and buckets.

The ruptured pipeline carries imported gasoline from the port of Lagos to fuel depots elsewhere in Nigeria.

Nigeria is rich in oil, but most of its people are poor, living on less than $1 a day.

Two similar pipeline explosions last year killed more than 400 people.

Police typically blame such disasters on criminal gangs who break into pipelines to siphon off fuel to sell. But the ruptures usually attract local scavengers who need it.

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