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Dozens Killed In Venezuela Refinery Blast

At least 24 people have been killed and dozens more injured in an explosion at Venezuela's biggest oil refinery.

Falcon State Governor Stella Lugo was quoted by the state-run news agency AVN as saying the explosion occurred on August 25 at the refining facility in the town of Amuay located on the Paraguana Peninsula in northwestern Venezuela.

He said the victims include a 10 year-old boy and that at least 53 people were injured after the blast at the Amuay refinery.

Officials earlier said a gas tank had blown up during the night, damaging the plant and nearby buildings.

The Amuay refinery is one of the biggest in the world, producing some 645,000 barrels a day.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP