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Tragedy hits Rumuekpe community in Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers state as many people have been feared dead following Shell pipeline explosion.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the explosion is believed to have been caused by the activities of illegal artisanal refiners operating on the trans-Niger Delta Pipeline in the area.
It equally gathered that an unspecified number of lives including women, some of whom were burnt beyond recognition, and the destruction of property worth millions of naira were lost to the explosion.
The incident occurred in the wee hours of Friday when one of the buses loaded with crude went up in flames while trying to navigate to an illegal refining point in the area.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident on Friday.
Grace Iringe-Koko said the Divisional Police Officer is already on his way to the scene.
However, the police authorities in the state are yet to release an official statement with the details as of the time of filing this report.
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