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Mexican pipeline explosion kills over 70 people

Updated : January 20, 2019 07:40 PM IST

A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday. The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

Soldiers guard in the area near an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico. (Secretary of National Defense via AP)
Soldiers guard in the area near an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico. (Secretary of National Defense via AP)
Soldiers guard the area where the oil pipeline explosion took place. (Secretary of National Defense via AP)
Soldiers guard the area where the oil pipeline explosion took place. (Secretary of National Defense via AP)
Staff of Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, works the area where the oil pipeline explosion took place. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Staff of Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, works the area where the oil pipeline explosion took place. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Staff of Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, works the area where the oil pipeline explosion took place.(AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Staff of Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, works the area where the oil pipeline explosion took place.(AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Forensic experts working in the explosion site. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Forensic experts working in the explosion site. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Forensic experts working in the explosion site. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
Forensic experts working in the explosion site. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
An aerial view of the site. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
An aerial view of the site. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)
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