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Attack on Mexican natural gas pipelines

In Mexico on Monday, six explosions blew apart natural gas pipelines, cutting off oil and gas supplies and causing the evacuation of 15,000 people from the surrounding area.
Mexico’s Pemex national oil and gas monopoly operates the pipelines. The blasts prompted Pemex to close down at least four pipelines and caused federal officials to close two major roads. No injuries were reported, according to latimes.com.
While the Los Angeles Times reports the attack as “an apparent case of politically motivated sabotage,? Reuters says that this comes “just weeks after leftist rebels set off a string of pipeline bombs.? In July, a leftist guerrilla group took responsibility for a string of bomb attacks on energy pipelines which cut natural gas supplies to thousands of businesses.
Reports the L.A. Times: “Although no group claimed resposibility for Monday’s attacks, political analysts here said they bore the hallmarks of the EPR or a similar group, and probably were intended as a message against President Felipe Calderon and his policies.?
Mexico is the sixth-largest oil producer in the world and a major supplier of petroleum to the U.S. According to the L.A. Times, “The outages drove the price of oil about $78 a barrel in futures trading Monday.?

Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-fg-pipelines11sep11,1,1844583.story?coll=la-news-a_section&ctrack=1&cset=true

Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN1030399520070911?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews &rpc=22&sp=true