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DRC fuel tanker explosion kills more than 50 08 October 2018

A fuel tanker collision in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on October 6 killed more than 50 and injured 100, Atu Matubuana, interim governor of the province, said. The tanker caught fire at Mbuba village, about 80 miles from the capital after crashing into a parked truck. A local official told a radio news station people ran to collect fuel after the crash and were killed when it ignited....

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Engineer killed, three injured in Egyptian oil depot explosion 05 October 2018

An engineer was killed and three others seriously injured on October 4 when an explosion ripped through a warehouse of petroleum products at an oil company in Shubra al-Kheima, northern Egypt. Local media reported that during the maintenance of a fuel line, a fuel leak occurred which caused the explosion. ...

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Nigeria gas tanker explosion kills dozens 12 September 2018

At least 35 died and hundreds were injured after a tanker exploded at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's Nasarawa state, the country's emergency agency said. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said on September 10 the accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria....

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Eight killed in South Africa munitions plant explosion 04 September 2018

At least eight people were killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions factory at Somerset West near Cape Town on September 3, according to a fire and emergency services spokesperson. Firefighters are continuing to search for others believed to be trapped. The plant is jointly-owned by German and South African companies and manufactures munitions and explosive products....

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Four killed in Zimbabwe grain silo explosion 30 August 2018

On August 28 a large silo explosion and fire at the Grain Marketing Board grain storage depot in Lion’s Den, Zimbabwe, killed four workers and left three with injuries, local media reported. A statement by Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said initial indications pointed to a possible electrical fault exacerbated by combustible gases....

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Shell says major Nigerian pipeline still shut after leak 21 August 2018

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary has recovered over 95% of the oil from two spills that took place this year, although the pipeline that carries crude to the coast for export remains closed, the company said on August 20. The Trans Ramos pipeline, which carries crude oil to the  Forcados export terminal, closed in late April following two leaks in Bayelsa State and Delta State....

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One killed, 17 injured in Kenya nut factory explosion 20 August 2018

One person has died and 17 others were injured after a boiler exploded at the Jungle Nuts Holdings factory in Thika, Kenya, on August 17. Two of the injured employees are in critical condition. The company processes cashew and macadamia nuts and fruits for export....

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New IMB report shows persistent piracy risk off West Africa 24 July 2018

The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents. A total of 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In total, 69 vessels were boarded, with 23 attempted attacks, 11 vessels fired upon and four vessels hijacked. ...

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Mine safety becomes major political issue in South Africa after latest fatal incidents 20 July 2018

South Africa will tighten its mine safety regulations to hold mine operators accountable for deaths in the industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on July 16. Safety is a huge issue in South Africa’s mining sector and recent incidents have brought the matter to the top of the government’s list of concerns. ...

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Egypt chemical depot blast injures 12 13 July 2018

Egyptian state news agency MENA said 12 people were taken to a hospital after an explosion at a storage facility belonging to a petrochemicals company outside Cairo airport on July 13. The  minister of civil aviation, Younis al-Masri, said air traffic at the airport was unaffected by the explosion....

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