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    Pemex Pipeline Explodes in Southern Mexico - Reports

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    According to preliminary data, the explosion occurred in the early hours on Thursday in the municipality of Reforma in the state of Chiapas. The so-called huachicoleros, criminals who specialise in illegally tapping pipelines to steal fuel, tried to make yet another tap in the pipe.

    A new pipeline explosion occurred in Mexico, which led to numerous casualties, the Excelsior news portal reported on Thursday.   

    According to officials, the situation is currently under control and no casualties were reported in the incident. 

    The company has stated that an investigation into the incident has been launched. 

    The area has been cordoned off by the police and the military.    

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    The previous deadly explosion happened on 18 January at Mexico's major Tuxpan-Tula pipeline, which was similarly caused by a suspected attempt to steal fuel and has claimed 135 lives, according to the latest data.

    Mexico has been experiencing fuel shortages, which were caused by the government's crackdown on huachicoleros. As part of these policies, Mexican state oil company Pemex closed several large oil pipelines.

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