Nigeria gas blast kills people lining up to refill cylinders for Christmas [Guardian]


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**Nigeria gas blast kills people lining up to refill cylinders for Christmas **

Massive explosion sparked by butane tanker at gas plant in Nnewi in south-east Nigeria

A butane tanker ignited a huge explosion at a crowded industrial plant in Nigeria on Thursday, killing “tens of people” who were lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders in time for Christmas, the presidency said.

The disaster took place in Nnewi, a predominantly Christian city in south-east Nigeria.

“My heart and prayers go out to these grieving families at this difficult and painful moment,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement.

A witness, Emeka Peters, said the fire broke out at about 11am when a lorry that had finished discharging fresh gas at the Chikason Group Gas plant left without waiting to observe the prescribed cooling time.

“The fire exploded like a bomb and the whole gas station went up in thick, black smoke amidst an explosion from cooking gas cylinders,” Peters said. “Many people were killed and most of them were those that had been in the station queuing all day to get their cylinders refilled.”

theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/25/nigeria-gas-blast-kills-more-than-100

Explosions related to oil and gas are not unheard of in Nigeria. It is tragic when this happens to any community but with the violence in the North of Nigeria, it is sad, this likely accident and explosion occurred against Christians in the South. Sad to think, this was happening mainly to people getting gas so they could cook for Christmas.

Emeka Peters, said the fire broke out at about 11am when a lorry that had finished discharging fresh gas at the Chikason Group Gas plant left without waiting to observe the prescribed cooling time.

The “prescribed cooling time”; sounds like these are the kinds of problems that happen to the poor of the world. What a tragedy and it is possibly avoidable as well.

Some say 100 killed, other sources saying 8 killed.

sunnewsonline.com/new/nnewi-gas-fire-bodies-of-mother-baby-recovered/ (see picture)

Meanwhile, the police au*thorities, have faulted earlier casualty figure, which was put at over 100 by the media.

The Anambra command said that eight people died in the explosion, describing as false, the “alarming and misleading figure” of over100.

“After the incident, six persons were confirmed dead outside the perimeter fencing of the company,” he said.


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God rest their souls.

ICXC NIKA


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The Pope sends condolences to victims of Nigeria explosion

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his heartfelt condolences to those affected by a tragic explosion at a gas plant in Nigeria.

As many as 100 people were killed by an explosion at a gas plant in southeastern town of Nnewi on Thursday when a truck was discharging butane gas while customers were refilling their gas bottles.

en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/27/the_pope_sends_condolences_to_victims_of_nigeria_explosion/1197203

Christmas cancelled in Nigerian town.
modernghana.com/news/664532/1/christmas-cancelled-in-nigerian-town-as-gas-blast-kills-nine.html


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Praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased, for the health & recovery of the injured & the families of both.


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