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“This is a terrible accident,” said Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who visited the wounded in hospital. He said the government would cover medical expenses for the injured and pay compensation to those who lost loved ones. He also said he had visited the offices of the state-owned Kenya Pipeline Co., which operates the pipeline.

The company told Mr. Odinga that the explosion was caused by a leak from the pipeline into nearby sewage, he said. Workers who answered the phones at the pipeline offices declined to give a comment or their names.

“There will be a proper investigation,” Mr. Odinga said.

In 2009, at least 120 people were killed when they were trying to scoop fuel spilled from a crashed gasoline tanker in Kenya and it exploded.

Associated Press writers Katharine Houreld and Malkhadir M. Muhumed contributed to this report.