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Sunday, 2 February, 2003, 23:55 GMT
In Pictures: Lagos blast
Rescue efforts continued into Sunday night in Lagos after an explosion shattered buildings and left dozens of people dead and injured.

Crowds gather outside the devastated buildings on Lagos Island
A huge crowd gathered quickly after the loud blast reverberated across the city

Bank employees try to salvage material
Police and rescue workers arrived to find a scene of devastation in the business district

People attempt to get a safe out of a collapsed building
One building was completely destroyed, another had its facade blown off

Red Cross worker helps victim to seek treatment
Some witnesses said they helped dig out victims with their bare hands

Policeman keeps bystanders out of wrecked buildings
Police resorted to warning shots to keep onlookers out as chaos ensued because of the crowds

People carry bags away from the scene
There were reports of violence and looting, while some people moved belongings from devastated buildings

Firefighter salvages money
Apart from helping to dig out victims, firefighters also found themselves handling large amounts of cash
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The BBC's Dan Isaacs reports from Lagos
"Officials are saying it was an accident"
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