Fuel pipeline explosion kills 21 in Mexico

Fuel pipeline explosion kills 21 in Mexico

21 people were killed and 71 other were injured after a fuel pipe line exploded in Central Mexican state of Hidalgo. Reportedly fuel thrives cracked the pipeline and were trying to fill up containers when the explosion occurred . A major crackdown on rampant fuel theft was launched by Mexican President Mexican President  Andres Manuel  Lopez Obrador on Saturday

Andres Manuel  expressed his grief and tweeted, "I'm very sorry for the serious situation in Tlahuelilpan due to a pipeline explosion. I'm in Aguascalientes and since the director of Pemex and the defense secretary briefed me, I gave instructions to contain the fire and treat the victims".

Mexican Public Security Minister Alfonso Durazo also wrote on twitter, the explosion occurred before midnight. He also feared a rise in the death tolls.

Key pipe lines have been shut by the government until they can be fully secured and has deployed the army to guard production facilities.

(Featured image : Evening Standard)

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