A huge blast in an illegal oil refinery in a border town in southern Nigeria killed over 100 people, including women and children, authorities said.
The blast, which occurred sometime overnight into April 23 at the boundary between Rivers State and Imo State, killed 109 people, the National Emergency Management Agency told BBC Igbo.
The remains of some victims “were burnt beyond recognition,” the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corpse told CNN in a statement on April 24.
Others remain missing, according to reports.
The blast also destroyed a section of the Abezi forest.
It is not yet clear what caused the explosion.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement that the country was in “shock and trauma” following the deaths.
Buhari described the incident as a “catastrophe and a national disaster.”
Buhari also said that he would intensify the clampdown in illegal oil refineries.
The police are currently looking for the owner of the illegal refinery.
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