Nigeria: Dozens of ‘petrol thieves’ killed in Aba pipeline blast

Aba pipeline blast

By Cynthia Chinenye

At least 30 people were killed Aba pipeline blast caused by suspected petrol thieves, a survivor and officials said.

The incident happened in the town of Aba on Friday when suspected assailants burst the pipeline operated by the state-run Pipeline and Product Marketing Company.

“The incident occurred at about 1:30 am (00:30 GMT). Those burned are more than 30 with many others sustaining injuries,”– Nnamdi Tochukwu, a survivor said on Saturday.

A security officer, who did not want to be identified, confirmed the death toll.
“Over 30 bodies were burned at the scene before the arrival of security operatives while many others are currently receiving medical attention at various hospitals within and outside the town,” the officer said.
A spokesperson for the state-run Nigerian National.

 

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