Nigeria: Oil Pipeline Explosion 50 Dead

Over 50 People Missing After Nigerian Oil Pipeline Explosion 

WARRI, Nigeria — More than 50 people were missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said on Saturday. Nengi James-Eriworio, a spokesman for the Nembe Chiefs Council, told The Associated Press that the blast on Friday caused a massive oil spill in the Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State. There was no immediate word on injuries or other casualties beyond those missing. The Nembe trunk line is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal. The pipeline is jointly owned by Agip, Oando and Shell Petroleum Development Company. Aiteo has not yet commented on the explosion. It was not immediately clear whether the pipeline had been shut down. Source

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