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Number of dead in Mexico pipeline explosion rises to 79 - minister

Number of dead in Mexico pipeline explosion rises to 79 - minister
Forensic technicians remove a body from the site where a fuel pipeline ruptured by suspected oil thieves exploded, in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, state of Hidalgo, Mexico January 19, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero   -   Copyright  HENRY ROMERO(Reuters)
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MEXICOCITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health minister said on Sunday that the number of people killed in a gasoline pipeline explosion has risen to 79.

Another 66 people remained hospitalized, Jorge Alcocer told a press conference. The blast occurred on Friday when up to 800 people flocked to collect gasoline at the Tula-Tuxpan pipeline that had been punctured by fuel thieves, officials said.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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