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    Mexico Hotel Blast Leaves 7 Dead


    by NTDTelevision

    A blast at a hotel in Mexico leaves at least seven dead, including five Canadians and two Mexicans. Here's more.

    A deadly gas explosion ripped through a restaurant in a resort on Mexico's Caribbean coast, leaving casualties and damage in its wake.

    At least five Canadian tourists and two Mexicans were among those killed, including a child, in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen.

    Authorities said it was not an attack.

    [Francisco Alor, State Attorney General]:
    "It is a sad event but the possibility that it was an attack has been discarded as we said from the beginning. Where the reports from the hospitals said the wounds might be from shrapnel. They are not. This is a situation where the work is being done by investigators. We can not conclude anything official yet."

    Officials said preliminary evidence pointed to an accumulation of gas beneath the floor of the restaurant.

    The force of the blast blew pieces of the floor and chairs outside onto the resort's manicured lawns.