Four killed in Mexican pipeline explosion
15 May 2017
Four people were killed in a pipeline explosion on May 13 in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Local authorities said the blast was caused by the theft of fuel from the Minatitlan-Mexico pipeline belonging to state oil company Pemex in the town of Tierra Blanca.
Tierra Blanca's Mayor Saul Lara told local XEU News that the four casualties were driving by the explosion site when the blast happened. Pemex personnel put out the fire after reducing the flow of fuel through the pipeline, the company said in a statement.
"Stealing fuel poses a serious risk to people, communities and the environment," Pemex added.
Earlier this month, four soldiers and six civilians were killed in two clashes between state forces and members of a criminal ring in central Puebla state over the theft of fuel from a Pemex pipleine