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Dozens killed in Nairobi pipeline explosion

September 12, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya — A fuel pipeline exploded Monday morning in Nairobi, igniting a fire that killed at least 61 people and injured 100 more, The Associated Press reported.

Operated by the Kenya Pipeline Company, the leaking gasoline pipeline exploded around 9 a.m. local time, sending flames in a 300-yard radius.

The fire incinerated a nearby, densely-populated slum and left dozens of charred bodies in its wake.

“I’ve lost count of the number of bodies,” said Wilfred Mbithi, the policeman in charge of operations in Nairobi. “Many had dived into the river trying to put out their flames.”