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More than 50 people missing after pipeline explodes in Nigeria

WARRI (NIGERIA): More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, an area respectable stated Saturday.

The blast early Friday caused large oil spillage within the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, the Nembe chiefs Council spokesman, leader Nengi James-Eriworio, advised The Associated Press.

The Nembe trunk line is operated via the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal. Aiteo had yet to comment at the explosion. It used to be no longer in an instant clear if the pipeline had been close down.

Video bought via the AP shows a large blaze from the ruptured pipeline at night time as villagers glance on. "If they turn off the oil well from the station, the pressure inside the pipeline would reduce, causing the flame to burn out," one person is heard within the background explaining.

The Niger Delta is highly polluted. Nigerian oil corporations typically assert that the majority of oil spills are caused via sabotage, robbery and illegal refining.

Deadly injuries caused via leaking pipelines are alarmingly common. In January, an overturned oil tanker exploded in Odukpani in Cross River state whilst dozens of other folks have been scooping up the leaking fuel. Police stated a minimum of 12 other folks have been killed whilst some witnesses estimated as much as 60 have been dead.

Hundreds of other folks have died in equivalent injuries in recent times in Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil manufacturer, as impoverished other folks possibility their lives to gather fuel leaking from pipelines or vehicles.

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