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At least 12 dead after Nigeria oil tanker explosion

At least 12 dead after Nigeria oil tanker explosion

At least 12 people were confirmed dead after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in southern Nigeria, police said on Saturday.

"We have recovered 12 corpses and taken 22 persons with serious burns to hospital," police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo told reporters

Oil tanker and pipeline explosions are relatively common in Nigeria.

The country's worst such incident came in 1998, when 1,000 people were killed when a pipeline leaking fuel exploded in the southern town of Jesse.

In 2012, scores of people were killed scooping up fuel using pans after an oil tanker that had tipped over near the city of Port Harcourt exploded.

Source: www.dw.com
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