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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Colombian guerillas destroy 85 tanker trucks

Colombian guerillas on Monday destroyed 85 tanker trucks with six bombs in Maicao, a town in the northwest Colombian department of La Guajira on the Venezuelan border, authorities told local media.

asoline carried by the trucks belonged to a Venezuelan cooperative, which was going to be distributed in the La Guajira region.

Colonel Alejandro Callejas, the head of police in the region, said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were responsible for the assault, because they had made public threats against the Venezuelan company, saying it had links to paramilitaries.

"FARC front 59 has a presence here and they triggered this attack," Callejas told media.

The attack also injured two people when a bomb landed and exploded in their homes.

The Colombian army was now chasing the rebels, Colonel Callejas added.

The FARC, which has been battling with the Colombian government since the mid-1960s, recently stepped up its fighting in a series of bomb attacks.

Source: Xinhua
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