Pipeline Explodes in Southern Nigeria

An explosion at an oil pipeline owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in southern Nigeria, has killed several people and left many more injured, the company said. There are reports that about 20 people have been killed and many others injured. A spokesman for the NNPC, Ndu Nghamadu, said that the company's pipeline at Akute-Odo in Ogun State caught fire on Saturday and blazed through the weekend. "Fire-fighters and engineers are still at the scene trying to put out the fire," he said. He alleged that the fire was caused when villagers vandalized the pipeline in order to steal fuel.

An Ogun State police spokesman confirmed the incident and said the police have launched an investigation into the incident.