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NKorea offers condolences to Nigeria over high death toll in pipeline explosion

NKorea offers condolences to Nigeria over high death toll in pipeline explosion

North Korea's No. 2 leader offered condolences to Nigeria over the deaths of hundreds of people in a recent pipeline explosion in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos, the North's official news agency reported.
In a brief message to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Kim Yong Nam expressed "deep sympathy and consolation" over the accident, the North's Korean Central News Agency said late Thursday.
Kim is head of the Presidium of North Korea's parliament, second in line behind North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Kim Yong Nam acts as his country's ceremonial head of state.
A blast hit a pipeline in Lagos on Tuesday as scavengers collected fuel spilling from the conduit, leaving 265 people dead.
Nigeria is Africa's leading oil producer, but mismanagement and corruption has hit the oil refining sector, causing chronic fuel shortages. Tapping into the pipes that often traverse populated areas is a common practice in Nigeria, where black-market fuel sells for more than ten times the filling-station price.


Updated : 2021-06-18 05:37 GMT+08:00