(Reuters) - At least 100 people were killed and scores injured on Thursday when fuel from a pipeline ruptured by an earthmover exploded in a village near Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, the Red Cross said.
Following is a chronology of some of the biggest pipeline disasters in Nigeria in recent years.
July 10, 2000 - A pipeline explodes, killing about 250 villagers, with fires burning out of control near the town of Jesse. Six days later, at least 100 villagers die when a ruptured pipeline explodes in the town of Warri.
November 30, 2000 - A leaking oil products pipeline catches fire at a beachhead near the fishing village of Ebute near Lagos, killing at least 60 people.
June 19, 2003 - An oil pipeline punctured by thieves explodes north of the Abia state capital Umuahia, killing 125 villagers.
September 17, 2004 - Dozens of people are killed in a pipeline explosion in the commercial capital Lagos after thieves tried to siphon petrol belonging to state oil company NNPC.
May 12, 2006 - A pipeline explosion at Inagbe Beach on the outskirts of Lagos kills more than 250 people.
December 26, 2006 - Several hundred people are burned alive when fuel from a vandalized pipeline explodes in the Abule Egba district of Lagos. Nigerian Red Cross says 269 bodies retrieved.
December 26, 2007 - At least 45 people burned to death on the outskirts of Lagos when fuel they are siphoning from a buried pipeline catches fire.
May 15, 2008 - At least 100 people killed and scores injured when fuel from a pipeline ruptured by an earthmover explodes in a village near Lagos, the Red Cross says.