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32 dead in Mexico oil HQ blast

An explosion has rocked the ground floor of the Mexico City headquarters of state oil giant Pemex. The company told Reuters that 32 people died in the blast. More than 100 were injured, and many more feared trapped.

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Death toll could rise after Mexico City blast

A powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of state oil giant Pemex killing at least 14 people and injuring 100 others.

The blast hit the lower floors of the tower block, throwing debris into the streets and sending workers running outside.

Shattered windows are seen on one side of the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City following an explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the blast killed at least 14 people and injured 100. It was not yet clear what caused the explosion, and the death toll could still rise, he added.

"The place shook, we lost power and suddenly there was debris everywhere. Colleagues were helping us out of the building," witness Cristian Obele told Mexican television.

Emergency services outside the Pemex headquarters in mexico City following the blast. Credit: REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter he "deeply regretted" the deaths and headed to the scene of the blast.

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