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Death toll rises to 73 in Mexico pipeline blast

The death toll in a pipeline explosion has risen to 73 in Mexico. Hidalgo state Governor Omar Fayad announced the latest toll. The accident occurred after hundreds swarmed to the site of an illegal fuel-line tap to gather gasoline amid a government crackdown on fuel theft.

President Lopez Obrador who took office in December last year, has vowed to keep up the fight against fuel theft. Forensic experts continue to comb the site for remains, many of which were reduced to ashes.

At least 54 bodies have yet to be identified. Dozens of family members have gathered at the site hoping to find loved ones since the gusher of gasoline burst into a fireball Friday evening.

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