Colombia’s Cano Limon Pipeline Bombed for 6th Time this Year: Ecopetrol

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline was bombed on Saturday, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said, the sixth time it has been attacked this year.

The bombing, which took place in the La Colorada area of Arauquita municipality near the border with Venezuela, spilled crude oil into a dry riverbed nearby, Ecopetrol said in a statement late Sunday. There were no injuries, it said.

There were more than 80 attacks on the 485-mile (780-km) pipeline in 2018, which kept it offline for most of the year.

Although Ecopetrol did not name the group responsible, military sources said the bombing was carried out by leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

The ELN has about 2,000 combatants and opposes multinational companies that its leaders say has seized natural resources without benefiting Colombians.

The group claimed responsibility for an attack on a Bogota police academy in January. Twenty-two people, including the bomber, died.

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