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At least nine dead in Nigeria gas blast

AFP 

At least nine people were killed and 10 others seriously injured today when a gas tank exploded at a fuel complex in southeastern Nigeria, state police said.

There was no immediate explanation for the blast at a facility belonging to Nigerian firm Linc and Gas at Calabar, said Hafiz Inuwa, in charge of the Cross River State Police Command.


The police chief, speaking at the scene, said the facility's manager had not yet explained "what led to the explosion".

"For now, nine people are confirmed dead and many others who sustained different burns are currently receiving treatment" in a local hospital, he added.

"The figure could be more than nine, while at least 10 persons sustained various degrees of life-threatening injuries," a worker at the facility told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the early morning blast.

Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa's biggest producer and the continent's most populous country, where it is transported on badly-maintained roads by trucks in a poor state of repair.

Accidents occur regularly when pipelines are damaged by looters stealing

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 02:07 IST
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