Bungled Mozambique pipeline theft kills at least 15

Bungled Mozambique pipeline theft kills at least 15

A fire that broke at a grain terminal in the Mozambique port of Matola has killed at least 15 people, latest reports from the local media state today.

The fire happened as thieves attempted to tap into a fuel pipeline running past the terminal. The attempted robbery went badly wrong and a fire ripped through the boats run by the thieves. More bodies are expected to be found in the coming days.

Damage in around the terminal is estimated to cost around $2m.

Nine arrests have been made so far, including a number of private security guards who are suspected of being in on the crime.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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