TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - "The toll that we have until a few minutes ago ... is 66 dead, while 76 are injured," said the governor, Omar Fayad.
Forensic specialists on Saturday worked among the charred corpses at the scene, which was guarded by soldiers as a smell of fuel still hung in the air. Scores of locals with jerrycans and buckets had been collecting gasoline that was gushing from the pipeline when the blast occurred on Friday, according to witnesses.
The tragedy comes as the federal government wages a highly publicized war on fuel theft, a problem that cost Mexico an estimated $3 billion in 2017. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador traveled to the scene in the early hours of Saturday.