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3 dead, dozens injured as blast rocks Coatzacoalcos facility

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MEXICO CITY — A blast at an oil facility in south-eastern Mexico has killed at least three workers, injured 30 more and triggered a mass evacuation, officials and state-run energy giant Pemex said.

A huge plume of toxic grey smoke could be seen spewing from the plant known as Pajaritos, in the city of Coatzacoalcos.

The blast, which was felt from as far as 10 kilometres away, forced the evacuation of nearby schools and businesses.

The cause of the explosion at the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo plant was not immediately known. The facility is jointly owned by Pemex.

Veracruz state governor Javier Duarte told Milenio Television that the blast killed three people at the plant.

Mr Duarte rushed to the scene of what he said was “a very strong explosion”, as fire crews were battling to bring the fierce blaze under control.

People living in the vicinity were ordered to remain indoors.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Twitter that the government would help the “affected workers and neighbours of the area.”

Fires at oil facilities in Mexico are fairly regular occurrences.

In February, two people were killed and at least seven injured in a blaze at a Pemex oil platform off the coast of Campeche, also in the south-east.

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4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs

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SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.

Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.

The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.

The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.

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