Incident Summary:

09/10/2007: Under the cover of night, operatives from the Popular Revolutionary Army sabotaged various oil and gas pipelines throughout the Mexican states of Veracruz and Tlaxcala. Although no one was killed or injured in the early morning sabotage, about 12,000 people were temporarily evacuated due to the raging fires at the four separate blast sites.




North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Veracruz (State) and Tlaxcala (State)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Energy pipelines
Specific Description Oil and gas pipelines
Nationality of Target Mexico
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Popular Revolutionary Army demanded that their comrades in jail were to be free.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Revolutionary Army (Mexico) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Laurence Iliff, "6 Mexican oil pipeline blasts linked to leftist group," The Dallas Morning News (Texas), September 11, 2007.
Michael O'Boyle, "Pipeline Bombings Hit Mexico Industry Peso Shrugs Off Attacks," The Main Wire, September 11, 2007.
James C. McKinley Jr., "Rebels Blow Up Pipelines in Mexico, Disrupting Service," The New York Times, September 11, 2007.