No evidence has been found that drug traffickers ordered or paid for the oil-pipeline blasts in order to divert police forces, Mexico's attorney general said.
The pipeline blasts that started in June are benefiting drug traffickers by diverting police, but "that doesn't necessarily mean they are linked," Eduardo Medina Mora told reporters.
The attorney-general admitted that some government forces assigned to fight drug cartels have been drawn away to investigate the bombings and beef up security at pipelines. The blasts earlier this month and in July caused some factories to shut down in 10 states.
"To the extent they distract federal forces from the fight against drug trafficking, which is the government's top priority, they are performing a service for the drug traffickers," Medina Mora said.
The Revolutionary People's Army, or EPR, a small rebel group that killed dozens of police and soldiers in the late 1990s, has claimed responsibility for the blasts, saying the action was intended "to hit the interests of Mexican and foreign oligarchy."
The rebel group also demanded the release of two of its members they claim were arrested by the government.
Medina Mora said the rebels would be tried under terrorism laws if caught.
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