100 killed in Kenya pipeline blaze

2011-09-12 12:19

Nairobi - Kenya - More than 100 people have died after a petrol pipeline explosion and fire in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, BBC reported on Monday.

"We estimate the number of dead at more than 100," the report quoted  police spokesperson  Thomas Atuti as saying.

Firefighters were battling fierce flames that threatened a nearby shantytown, reports said.

Meanwhile a medical official told Reuters that more than 80 people have been hospitalised after exploded the explosion.

Spokesperson Fred Majiwa from St John's Ambulance Service said that they had taken more than 80 people to hospitals around Nairobi. He said many victims were burned beyond recognition.

The pipeline runs through the heavily populated slum of Embakasi between the city centre and the airport.

Police spokesperson Eric Kiraithe said officers are at the scene but he had not yet received a report from them.

  • Megan - 2011-09-12 12:36

    "more than 80 people have been hospitalised after exploded the explosion." LOL Seriously though, sad story...

  • J Burnstein - 2011-09-12 12:51


  • letswai - 2011-09-12 14:11

    they were staying in the shanty town and the pipe was passing just under them.did they benefit from this or only with death.?

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