66 die and 76 injure at Mexico fuel pipeline explosion

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Suliyat Eletu

An explosion and fire killed at least 66 and 76 were injured as people were collecting fuel gushing from a leaking pipeline in central Mexico, Hidalgo state .

The Governor of Hidalgo state, Omar Fayad said “The toll that we have until a few minutes ago is 66 dead, while 76 are injured,”.

Forensic specialists on Saturday worked among the charred corpses at the scene, which was guarded by soldiers as a smell of fuel still hung in the air.

Scores of locals with jerrycans and buckets had been collecting gasoline that was gushing from the pipeline when the blast occurred on Friday, according to witnesses.

The image shown,showed people fleeing the scene, screaming for help, as an enormous fire lit up the night sky in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, 65 miles (105 kilometres) north of Mexico City.

The punch report that ,the tragedy comes as the federal government wages a highly publicized war on fuel theft, a problem that cost Mexico an estimated $3 billion in 2017.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador travelled to the scene in the early hours of Saturday.

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