Amuay refinery, Venezuela – 39 killed

Amuay refinery, Venezuela – 39 killed

The Amuay refinery was still burning on Sunday more than a day after the blast, sending up a thick column of black smoke.
A total of 209 homes and 11 businesses were damaged in the explosion, and a National Guard post next to the refinery was destroyed, Vice President Elias Jaua said late Saturday. He said 18 of the victims were National Guard soldiers.
He said that at least 39 people were killed by the explosion, up from the earlier death toll of 26. The dead included 18 National Guard troops and that six of the bodies had not yet been identified. Other officials said earlier that the dead included a 10-year-old boy.

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