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BBC: Mexican authorities now put the number killed in Friday night’s oil pipeline blast at 66, with scores more injured.

It is believed the explosion occurred after the line was ruptured by suspected oil thieves in the town of Tlahuelilpan, in Hidalgo state.

Officials say scores of people had been scrambling to fill up containers and were engulfed in an inferno.

Dozens of charred bodies remain at the scene, which is cordoned off by security forces.

The latest updates were delivered by Hidalgo state governor, Omar Fayad, in a morning press briefing alongside President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“The toll that we have until a few minutes ago… is 66 dead, while 76 are injured,” Mr Fayad said.

Among the injured were three women and a child of 12, he said.

Editor’s Note: Click here to read the full story by BBC News.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news clip shows firefighters working at extinguishing the fire at the scene of a massive blaze triggered by a leaky pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico, on January 19, 2019. (Photo: Francisco Villeda/AFP)

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