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Nigerian petrol thieves suspected as blast kills 200

A huge explosion tore through an eastern suburb of the Nigerian city of Lagos yesterday, killing up to 200, after people had reportedly gathered to collect oil leaking from a ruptured pipeline that had been damaged by villagers looking for free fuel. It is a story all too familiar for a country awash with oil riches, but where vast numbers live in abject poverty. Stealing fuel by puncturing pipelines is common practice in some of the poorest areas of Nigeria, many of them criss-crossed with pipelines. Full Story

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