27 killed in pipeline explosion in Mexico

SAN MARTIN TEXMELUCAN, Mexico -- Atleast 27 people were killed on Sunday after a pipeline exploded in central Mexico as theives were trying to steal oil. "Authorities said 12 of the dead were children and estimated that the explosion and resulting spill affected a three-mile (five-kilometer) radius, injuring at least 52 people and scorching more than 115 homes," MSNBC said. "The head of Pemex, Juan Jose Suarez, said the section of pipeline near where the blast occurred had been illegally tapped 60 times. He said there have been 550 cases of illegal tapping nationwide," the LA times said.

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