In this image provided by the Secretary of National Defense, soldiers guard in the area near an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. Officials said the leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City. (Secretary of National Defense via AP)
In this image provided by the Secretary of National Defense, soldiers guard in the area near an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. Officials said the leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City. (Secretary of National Defense via AP)

Dødstallet i Mexico steget til 107 etter eksplosjon i oljerør

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Dødstallet stiger stadig etter den voldsomme eksplosjonen i et oljerør i Mexico i forrige uke.

Ifølge myndighetene er det nå bekreftet 107 døde etter eksplosjonen i et oljerør i delstaten Hidalgo nord i Mexico, 19. januar. I tillegg er 40 personer hardt skadd. Flesteparten har forbrenninger på over 80 prosent av kroppen.

Tragedien skjedde da hundrevis av mennesker holdt på å samle bensin som lakk fra oljerøret og det plutselig tok fyr i bensinen. Årsaken til eksplosjonen er ennå ikke bekreftet og undersøkelser pågår fortsatt.

Mexico har slitt med tyveri og sabotasje på landets oljerørledninger de siste årene.

(©NTB)