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Mexico City beefs up security after rebel attacks
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09:42, July 12, 2007

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Mexico City's government reinforced security at strategic points on Wednesday, a day after a rebel group claimed responsibility for three recent gas pipeline explosions in central Mexico.

Marcelo Ebrard, the city's mayor, said his administration would safeguard telecommunications, drinking water facilities and water drains in the city. But he ruled out the possibility of declaring a state of emergency.

Meanwhile, Jose Ortega, the city's public security secretary, called on residents to remain calm, saying, "The police's deployment capacity guarantees security in the city."

On Tuesday, in a statement posted on its website, the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) said it was responsible for Tuesday's explosion in Coroneo, in the state of Queretaro, and two blasts last week in the state of Guanajuato, all of which were targeting facilities of Petroleos Mexicanos, the country's state energy giant.

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

The group demanded the release of its three leaders, all of whom have been either arrested or missing since May 25.

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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