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In pictures: Lagos pipeline blast

Firefighters try to put out the blaze

The explosion at a vandalised pipeline shook a northern area of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, early in the morning.

Burnt bodies by the fire which is believed to have killed hundreds

Recovery workers have found more than 200 bodies - many of them completely charred.

Red Cross workers and bystanders watch as firefighters tackle the blaze

The Red Cross says many of those killed were scooping fuel from a pipeline that had been punctured earlier by thieves.

Firefighter try to put out the blaze

Buildings and cars were damaged in the blast in the Abule Egba district.

Burnt-out cars near the scene of the explosion

Recovery efforts have been hampered by the intense heat. Officials fear they will find more bodies once all the flames are put out.

Country profile: Nigeria
12 Oct 06 |  Country profiles

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