Guerrilla set off bomb on oil pipeline, causing spill, damage to houses

Posted on Mar 17 2014 - 6:52am by Rico
(Photo: La Voz del Cinaruco)

Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, ELN, have bombed an oil pipeline in eastern Colombia, causing a small oil spill and damaging three houses.

The new attack occurred at Caño Limón Coveñas near the town of Toledo in the department of Norte de Santander .

This is the seventeenth guerrilla attack in Norte de Santander against the pipeline this year.

Jhon Jairo Alonso, mayor of Cubara, told Caracol Radio on Sunday night that damage was done to houses in neighboring Boyaca department.

“Unfortunately insurgent groups operating in this sector of the Department of Boyacá detonated an explosive charge at one of the valves of the Caño Limón – Coveñas.  At that time crude was not being pumped, so the spill was minimal,” he said.

“The explosion, more worrying, caused damages to three very close to the site housing.”

Declaration of war against oil companies

“The explosion, more worrying, caused damages to three very close to the site housing.”

Last year, the leftist guerrilla group declared war on oil companies in Colombia, saying they intended to hurt the pockets of multinationals active in the country.

MORE: ELN declares war on oil companies

The ELN are not part of the peace talks between the government and Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, the FARC.

MORE: ELN must not be cast aside in peace talks: Report

However, a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG), entitled “Left in the Cold? The ELN and Colombia’s Peace Talks,” underscores the dangers of dismissing the ELN as a “negligible threat,” and the urgency of initiating a dialogue.

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