September 10 2007: 10:20 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Several explosions believed to the result of sabotage ripped apart pipelines for Mexico's state oil monopoly early Monday, the company said. There were no injuries.
The Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, issued a statement saying it believed the explosions, which forced the evacuation of 12,000 people, were deliberate.
A small, left-wing guerrilla group claimed to have attacked a major Pemex gas pipeline in July and at least a dozen major companies, including Honda Motor Co (Charts)., Kellogg Co. (Charts, Fortune 500) and The Hershey Co., (Charts, Fortune 500) were forced to suspend or scale back operations.
The July explosions affected different sections of a major pipeline extending from central Mexico City to Guadalajara, the industry-rich capital of the western state of Jalisco.
Those attacks sent the Mexican government scrambling to increase security at "strategic installations" across Mexico. It was not clear what security measures were in place at the pipelines that exploded Monday.
Pemex said Monday's explosions affected at least five pipelines in Veracruz, but reported no deaths or injuries.