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Mexico: gasoline exploded – 20 dead

An explosion on a gasoline pipeline in Mexico killed at least 20 people and injured more than 70 other people. Security Minister Durazo has deployed the National Emergency Committee.

In Hidalgo, Mexico, a large gas pipe exploded and caught fire. "I was told that 20 were burned," said Omar Fayad, the governor of the state. At least 71 wounded would be treated in hospitals. Fayad said he was going to the scene.

At the time of the explosion, hundreds of people were in the pipeline, local media reported. It is therefore probable that the number of victims will increase.

National emergency committee used

Alfonso Durazo, Minister of Public Security of Mexico, said that in the face of emergency, he immediately established the National Emergency Committee to quickly provide the affected population.

The state oil company Pemex announced that its technical staff was ready to coordinate with the federal and local authorities. The explosion was the result of the manipulation of the line in illegal wiretapping – the capital's gas supply was not at risk.

Loss of gasoline after line loss

The line in the city of Tlahuelilpan about 50 kilometers north of Mexico City, therefore, had previously formed a loss. Residents of the area had approached to bring petrol into buckets or cans.

The governor of Hidalgo called after the accident, the population, not to participate in the theft of gasoline. It's dangerous, Fayad warned on Twitter. "It happened today in Tlahuelilpan and it can not be repeated."

The government has taken action against fuel theft since the end of December and has already closed some lines. Fuel is now transported in monitored tank trucks. At service stations in the Latin American country, this has led to long queues in recent weeks.

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