Mexican Pipeline Blast Kills 28

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At least 28 people were killed when a pipeline exploded in central Mexico when thieves attempted to steal crude oil.

The explosion and resulting spill affected a three-mile radius, injuring at least 32 people and scorching more than 100 homes.

Hundreds were forced to flee the city of San Martin Texmelucan, 55 miles east of Mexico City.

The state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said that it had shut down the pipeline. Criminals tap remote pipelines, sometimes building pipelines of their own, to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil each year, Pemex has said.

Authorities have yet to find the thieves.

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