Death toll rises to 107 in Mexico fuel explosion

The death toll from a pipeline explosion in central Mexico has increased to 107 on Thursday, the figure was announced by the government.

 

The disaster occurred as the government wages a huge effort to clamp down on fuel theft, which costs Mexico an estimated $3 billion in 2017.

So-called “huachicol” — as the stolen fuel is known in Mexico — costs about half of market price.

Mexico is regularly rocked by deadly explosions at illegal pipeline taps, a dangerous but lucrative business whose players include powerful drug cartels and corrupt Pemex insiders.

Source: AFP

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