Friday, May 12, 2006

Scores die in Nigeria fuel blast

More than 150 people have been killed in an explosion at a petrol pipeline near Nigeria's largest city, Lagos.
Police and Red Cross officials at the scene of the blast, on Atlas Creek Island, said many of the bodies had been burnt beyond recognition.
Eyewitnesses in Lagos said they had seen thick black smoke rising from a nearby area.
A fire at the scene was put out, the Red Cross said, but no injured people have been recovered.
The BBC's Alex Last in Lagos says the blast incinerated all those within a 20m radius, but the exact number of casualties may not be known for some time.

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