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Blast at illegal Nigerian refinery '100 dead'

| 23.4.22 |
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Blast at illegal Nigerian refinery '100 dead'

 At least a hundred people are reported to have died in a nighttime explosion at an illegal hydrocarbon refinery in the Abaezi forest in southern Nigeria. This was reported by local government officials and the NGO Youths and Environmental Advocacy Center (YEAC). 

The explosion took place in the Ohaji-Egbema district of Imo state. According to the website of the Nigerian newspaper Punch, the hellfire, which panicked residents, also caused the destruction of six vehicles. Another 150 people with severe burns were rushed to the villages for treatment, sources in the Nigerian newspaper 'Daily Post' reported. 

Meanwhile, the owner of the illegal refinery is being sought. A correspondent from 'Punch', who visited the site this morning, reported seeing no less than 50 bodies, charred beyond recognition. Imo State Petroleum Resources Adviser Goodluck Opiah did not confirm the death toll "because many relatives had taken many bodies".

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