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Kenya Pipeline Confirms Explosion Near Pipeline in Nairobi

September 12, 2011

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- An explosion at a slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, following a spill from an oil pipeline burned “a number of people,” Kenya Pipeline Co. said. Capital FM, a closely held broadcaster, said one of its reporters counted at least 102 dead bodies.

The blast occurred after oil leaked from a broken valve on the pipeline and drained into Mukuru in the east of the city, where people gathered to scoop up the fuel, a spokesman for Kenya pipeline said in a phone interview. The spokesman couldn’t immediately confirm the death toll.

“We are collecting information about the fire incident and we will provide the details later,” police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said in a phone interview.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at

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