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Police: Illegal refinery blast in Nigeria kills at least 12 [Video]

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Illegal refineries are a lucrative business in Nigeria, one of Africa’s top oil producers.

Nigeria lost at least $3 billion worth of crude oil to theft between January 2021 and February 2022 (Reuters Archive)

An explosion and fire near an illegal oil refinery site in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region killed at least 12 people, police said, although local residents reported a much higher death toll in the fire raged on for hours.

The explosion in Emuoha council area of the southern Rivers state occurred along a pipeline targeted by illegal refinery operators who were trying to steal oil, state police spokesperson Grace Iringe-Koko said on Friday.

“We are aware that there was an explosion relating to bunkering activities,” she said, adding that authorities were working to determine the number of casualties and the cause of the incident.

People in the area told The Associated Press news agency that dozens may …

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