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Mexican authorities increased the official toll to 79 dead, 81 injured as the result of a fuel-theft explosion in the state of Hidalgo. Dozens more are reported missing following the failed attempt by hundreds of villagers to steal fuel from a ruptured pipeline.
As Breitbart News reported, the blast took place in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo where hundreds of villagers gathered carrying hundreds of plastic containers in order to fill them with fuel that was spewing out from a ruptured pipeline. For reasons yet unknown, the fuel ignited setting off a large-scale explosion that set the villagers on fire. Many of the villagers were drenched in gasoline.
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Mexican authorities initially responded to carry out a large-scale rescue operation while they worked to put out the fire. The rescue effort later turned into a body recovery operation where authorities began documenting and trying to identify the growing number of casualties.
The blast has become the latest controversy faced by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) whose government shut down several of the country’s main fuel pipelines as part of a strategy to root out the country’s widespread theft of fuel. The effort set off a series of gasoline shortages throughout Mexico as the country’s state-owned oil company (Pemex) was forced to...
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