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    Death Toll in Mexico Oil Pipeline Blast Rises to 76 - Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people killed in an explosion at a ruptured oil pipeline in Mexico's central Hidalgo state has climbed to 76, the Universal newspaper reported on Sunday.

    The previous death toll stood at 73.

    READ MORE: At Least 20 Dead, Dozens Hurt as Ruptured Pipeline Explodes in Central Mexico

    This frame grab of a video from the news station Noticias Ciudad del Carmen shows a fire burning at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico along the Mexican coast before sunrise on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
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    The deadly explosion at Mexico’s major Tuxpan-Tula pipeline was caused by the pipeline rupture by suspected fuel thieves, the Pemex energy company said.

    Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged on Saturday to intensify his fight against fuel theft. The government's strategy includes using tanker trucks to deliver fuel.

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