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164 feared killed in Nigeria boat mishap

March 20, 2013 14:14 IST

At least 164 people have been feared killed after a wooden boat capsized off the coast of Nigeria.

The boat conveying 166 passengers capsized nearly 40 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast on Tuesday.

The country's National Emergency Management Agency said only two people survived.

The boat was heading to the Central African country of Gabon from Nigeria's town Oron in the oil-rich Delta region.

The head of NEMA, David Akate, said the passengers could be traders.

 

Paul Ohia In Abuja
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