FARC attacks oil pipelines in northeastern Colombia

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attacked the Caño Limón-Coveñas and Río Zulia-Ayacucho pipelines in northeastern Colombia March 12, damaging several houses and causing oil to spill into the Catatumbo River, which flows into Venezuela, the Colombian army said.

The pipelines were attacked in the cities of Teorama and Convención, both located in the Norte de Santander department, according to the army’s 30th Brigade, which is based in Cúcuta, in eastern Colombia.

The Ruíz Barí unit of the FARC carried out the attacks, the military unit stated.

“The ruptures at kilometers 415 and 432 of the Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline and at kilometer 117 of the Petronorte [pipeline] caused flames that destroyed dwellings and spilled crude into a natural water source found near the petroleum infrastructure,” the 30th Brigade said.

Army troops are guarding the area to allow pipeline operators to fix the damage.

[EFE, 12/03/2012; Eltiempo.com.co (Colombia), 12/03/2012]

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