A pipeline explosion in Nigeria killed three people on Sunday and injured several more.

According to the Premium Times, three maintenance workers died when an explosion occurred during repair work at a pipeline in the Olugboboro community in Bayelsa state located in the Niger Delta region.

As many as seven people were injured during the accident, according to Reuters.

The bodies of the deceased victims were recovered on Monday after the fire was brought under control.

Residents told Reuters that the pipeline belongs to Italy’s Eni but the company has not confirmed if it owns the line.

Environmental Rights Action, a Nigeria-based non-profit, said in a social media post that two of the deceased workers have been identified as employees of Maco Marine.

Director general of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Peter Idabor told Reuters that safety procedures were breached during the work leading up to the blast.

Idabor added that the matter will be reported to Nigeria’s Minister of Environment.


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