At least 40 Kenyans dead after pipeline explosion

September 12, 2011 - 6:35 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An Associated Press reporter counts at least 40 dead bodies after an explosion of a gasoline pipeline running through a slum in Kenya's capital.

St. John's Ambulance Service spokesman Fred Majiwa says more than 80 people were wounded in Monday's blast.

The AP reporter counted at least 40 burned bodies scattered throughout the remains of burning shacks for nearly 1,000 feet (300 meters) around the site of the explosion. Some were also floating in a nearby river filled with sewage. Other residents say they had jumped into the river after catching fire. There had been homes built right up to the pipeline, the residents said.

Police say they are still counting bodies.

The pipeline runs through the heavily populated slum of Embakasi between the city center and the airport.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A medical official says more than 80 people have been hospitalized after a gasoline pipeline running through a slum in the Kenyan capital exploded.

The number of people killed and the cause of Monday's explosion are unclear.

Spokesman Fred Majiwa from St. John's Ambulance Service says that they have taken more than 80 people to hospitals around Nairobi. He says many victims are burned beyond recognition.

The pipeline runs through the heavily populated slum of Embakasi between the city center and the airport.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe says officers are at the scene but he had not yet received a report from them.