MADRID, Nov. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –
At least six people have died and another 15 have been injured on Wednesday due to a fire unleashed in northern Egypt due to a pipeline leak, as confirmed by the authorities of the African country.
The Ministry of Health has indicated that the event has taken place in the village of Itai al Barud, in the province of Beheira, as collected by the local newspaper 'Al Ahram'. The authorities have stressed that they have managed to contain the flames.
For his part, Abdel Moneim Hafez, director of the Petroleum Pipelines Company, has blamed the leak for an attempted theft of oil in the pipeline, according to the Reuters news agency.
“As a result of an unknown source of fire, there has been a flare in the leaked product after the accident,” he said. The authorities have opened an investigation to try to clarify what happened.