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PEMEX Death Toll Rises to 35

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Petroleos Mexicanos, PEMEX, announced Sunday that its death toll rose to 35 after rescue workers found two more bodies from the rubble of an explosion that occurred at its corporate headquarters in Mexico City, reported Dow Jones Newswires. One body was recovered Saturday night and another Sunday, Pemex said in updates via Twitter.

The blast, which occurred Thursday afternoon, partially destroyed an administrative building that sits next to the oil firm's 48-story corporate tower.

Thus far, 20 of the dead were women who worked in the building doing administrative work like payroll, Pemex officials told Dow Jones. Some 52 are hospitalized due to the explosion, which the company said hadn't affected its oil operations. It is not known how many people still remain trapped in a basement part of the partially collapsed building. Roughly four floors that house about 200 to 250 workers were the most affected.

Authorities haven't determined the cause of the explosion.



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Francisco | Feb. 4, 2013
As much as it pains me to say it, I think there was foul play in this incident. The mexican media is known for not disclosing all facts especially when it involves drug cartels. In the northern part of Tamaulipas, some rigs have been shut down by cartels who demand a "fee" in order to let Pemex and its contractors operate. Halliburton has been shut down in Reynosa due to threats from cartels but obviously this is nowhere to be found in the news.

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