A man rinses soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos

A man rinses soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos December 26, 2006. Up to 500 people were burned alive on Tuesday when fuel from a vandalised pipeline exploded in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, emergency workers said. Hundreds of residents of the Abule Egba district went to scoop fuel using plastic containers after thieves punctured the underground pipeline overnight to siphon fuel into a road tanker, locals said. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA)
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