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In pictures: Fighting Lagos blast

Smoke from the pipeline explosion in a residential area of Lagos, Nigeria  (15 May 2008)

At least 100 people, including many children, have died in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos after an oil pipeline exploded, engulfing houses and schools, the local Red Cross says.

People spray water on the fire, Lagos, Nigeria (15 May 2008)

Witnesses said the ground around the explosion was so hot that shoes melted. Discarded school bags and sandals littered a school whose pupils tried to flee.

Fire engines at the scene of the explosion, Lagos, Nigeria  (15 May 2008)

Aid workers at the scene said many people died after being overcome by smoke and others were killed in a stampede to escape the flames. The state government, however, says just 17 people died.

Firemen fighting the flames, Lagos, Nigeria  (15 May 2008)

The fuel was ignited when a digger cut into the pipeline in Ijegun. Officials at the scene said many people died after being overcome by smoke and others were killed in a stampede to escape the flames.

People watching as firemen try to put on the blaze from the pipeline explosion, Lagos, Nigeria  (15 May 2008)

Fire fighters fought the blaze with sand and water. One Red Cross worker at the scene said he feared as many as 200 people could have died.



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