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Deadly Pipeline Blast in Mexico


Army soldiers stand on a road as a fire rages near the town of Omealca, from a burning facility of the state oil company PEMEX in Maltrata, in the gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico (File Photo - 10 Sep 2010)

Army soldiers stand on a road as a fire rages near the town of Omealca, from a burning facility of the state oil company PEMEX in Maltrata, in the gulf state of Veracruz, Mexico (File Photo - 10 Sep 2010)

A state-owned oil pipeline has exploded in Mexico's Puebla state, killing at least 11 people and destroying more than 30 homes.

The Pemex oil company said Sunday's explosion in the community of San Martin Texmelucan occurred at a duct where thieves were trying to steal fuel. At least 12 people were injured.

Fire crews have managed to bring the fire under control. But photos from the area show a thick cloud of black smoke hanging over the accident site, and a number of people have evacuated their homes.

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