Cerrejon, the largest coal exporter in Colombia, said that assailants bombed a key railway used to transport its coal to seaports in the Caribbean, forcing the company to temporarily halt its coal shipments.

1848080_n_vir1The company said that that a bomb went off in the early hours of Thursday, causing 17 wagons to derail. Cerrejon is now working on restoring operations for the railroad, a press official for the company said.

It was unclear who was responsible for the bombing, although government authorities usually blame leftists insurgents for these type of attacks.

The bombing is the latest blow to Cerrejon’s coal output, which was paralyzed for more than a month due a labor strike that was lifted earlier this week.

Cerrejon, which is equally owned by mining giants Xstrata PLC (XTA.LN), Anglo American PLC (AAUKY, AAL.LN) and BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP, BHP.AU), produced 34.3 million metric tons of coal in 2012. Cerrejon is investing $1.3 billion to increase output to 40 million tons a year by 2015.

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