Bomb blast wounds 12 outside Colombia spy agency

By Dialogo
September 10, 2010

Twelve people were wounded Wednesday when a bomb exploded outside the Colombia intelligence agency’s offices in the southern city of Pasto, near the Ecuadoran border, the Red Cross said.

A “low-intensity package bomb was left outside the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) building, next to a lamppost, by a man who then ran away,” Pasto Red Cross official Henry Palacios told AFP.

He said 12 passersby and workers from the DAS building were wounded in the blast and taken to area hospitals.

Narino department Governor Antonio Navarro told Caracol radio that two of the wounded were in serious condition and that the damage wrought by the bomb was considerable.

He said authorities suspect the bombing is the work of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s oldest and strongest rebel group.

Pasto is the capital of Narino department, one of FARC’s strongholds in southern Colombia.