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Mexican gov't condemns attacks on gas facilities
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09:39, July 11, 2007

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The Mexican government on Tuesday condemned the attacks on the nation's energy facilities after anti-government the People's Revolutionary Army (EPR) claimed responsibility for these explosions.

Aattacks were "criminal behaviors aiming at weakening democratic institutions, the heritage of the Mexicans and the security of their families," said a statement of the Interior Ministry.

The ministry vowed to boost security at the country's strategic infrastructure.

In a statement posted on its website, the ERP said it was responsible for Tuesday's explosion in Coroneo of the Queretaro State and last week's two blasts in the state of Guanajuato. Facilities of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the country's state energy giant, were the target of all the attacks.

The EPR said its actions was part of a national campaign against the interests of what it called "the oligarchy and the illegitimate government."

The group demanded the release of Edmundo Reyes Amaya, Raymundo Rivera Bravo and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sanchez, who have all been either arrested or missing since May 25 in Oaxaca.

The latest explosion caused a fire in a Pemex pumping station at 01:00 local time (0700 GMT) on Tuesday. The flames reached more than 100 meters into the air and triggered the evacuation of communities nearby homes.

The blast caused no injures or damages outside the station, said the Pemex in a statement.

But gas service was suspended on the pipeline that runs between Mexico City and Guadalajara. The Pemex did not mention the restoration date of its service.

On July 5, two blasts at another Pemex pipeline in Guanajuato caused on casualties either.

These blasts are under investigation by the authorities, Maximiliano Cortazar, a spokesman for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, told local media.

The EPR first appeared in Guerrero, one of the nation's poorest states, in 1996, but it has largely been inactive in recent years.

Source: Xinhua

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