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Explosion kills 26 at Venezuela's biggest refinery

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: An explosion tore through Venezuela's biggest oil refinery on Saturday, killing at least 26 people, wounding more than 50 and halting the facility's operations in the OPEC nation's worst industrial accident in recent memory. Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez told Reuters that none of the production units at the Amuay refinery were affected and that there were no plans to halt exports, a sign that the incident will likely have little impact on fuel prices. The blast, triggered by a gas leak at 1:15 a.m. (0645 GMT), damaged nearby homes and officials said a 10-year-old child was among the dead. Most of those killed were National Guard troops who were providing security for the refinery, Ramirez said, adding that the fire was under control.

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