Ten persons have been feared dead following an explosion at an illegal oil refinery at Uzuaku Community in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.
While three persons reportedly died at the scene of the incident which reportedly occurred on Friday evening, seven others later died in the hospital where they were rushed for medical treatment.
This is coming barely two weeks after a deadly explosion at another illegal refinery claimed over 100 lives in Ohaji Egbema, Imo State.
According to a local source, the casualties who died at the spot were a couple and the only son of another family.
According to Vanguard, the Shell pipeline that services the Uzuaku/Owaza axis has not had crude oil for some weeks leading to the stoppage of illegal oil bunkering activities in the area.
But when pumping of crude oil along the pipeline resumed, according to the source, illegal refinery operators went back to their business.