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Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion leaves four workers dead


Four oil rig workers were killed and 16 injured when a fire broke out on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday morning, Mexico's state-run petro-giant Pemex has said.

The explosion started with a fire in the dewatering and pumping area of the Abkatun A-Permanent platform, Pemex said, though it was not yet clear what had caused it.

At least 300 workers were evacuated. The company confirmed the death of the four workers in a tweet.

 Pemex said it had eight firefighting boats battling the flames.