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Pope Francis appeals for prayers after explosion in Texas

US on high alert as fertiliser plant fire, believed to be an accident, follows fatal explosions in Boston terror attack on Monday

Pope Francis has used his Twitter account to appeal for prayers for the victims of an explosion at a fertiliser plant in Texas in the US (above).

Writing from his @pontifex account today, the Pope said: “Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.”

The explosion at a fertiliser plant in West, Texas, near Waco, is believed to have killed between five and 15 people and injured more than 160.

Many homes and buildings were destroyed in the explosion at 00.50 GMT. Emergency services are still going from home-to-home trying to rescue any survivors.

Half the population of West, which is just north of Waco, have been evacuated for fear of further explosions.

Waco Police Department, following procedure, said the blast site was being treated as a crime scene although there were ‘no indications this was anything other than an accidental fire.’

The Texas explosion follows the fatal explosions during the Boston Marathon on Monday that are being investigated as terrorist attacks, putting the US on high alert.

US President Barack Obama is visiting Boston today to attend a interfaith memorial service for victims of Monday’s bombings being held at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the city’s Catholic cathedral.



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