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Mexico City blast toll rises to 25

Posted on Feb 01, 03:30PM | IANS

Mexico City, Feb 1 : The toll in an explosion that rocked the headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the capital has risen to 25, Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said late Thursday.

Seventeen women and eight men were among the dead, Osorio Chong told a press conference, adding that the blast also left 101 injured.

Pemex said about 3,500 people were evacuated from the damaged building after the explosion occurred at around 3.55 p.m. in the 211-meter Pemex Tower in downtown Mexico City, reported Xinhua.

The exact cause of the accident was still unknown.