Mexico City: In a deadly gas pipeline blast here, about 107 were expected to be dead and another 40 injured by Friday.
Last Friday, the fuel-line in Hidalgo State was deliberately punctured, drawing hundreds of people looking to gather gasoline before it got ignited.
Whereas, the victims’ families alleged drastic shortage of fuel which propelled victims to take such extreme step.
Mexican President López Obrador pledged to step up his government’s drive to stamp out fuel theft, which has cost the country billions of dollars in the last few years. The locals are in support of President Obrador’s motive of curbing fuel theft.
In another major incident- in December 2010, authorities blamed oil thieves for a pipeline explosion in a central Mexico near the capital that killed 28 people, including 13 children. That blast scorched homes, affecting 5,000 residents in an area six miles (10km) wide in San Martin Texmelucan.