FARC allegedly attacks coal railway in north Colombia

An attack attributed to Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC derailed on Thursday a Cerrejon coal transporter and caused severe damage to the railway in the northern La Guajira department.

According to reports, some 17 wagons loaded with coal were derailed by explosive charges, which also caused serious damage to the railway itself.

The suspected rebel attack came two days after worker’s at Colombia’s most productive coal mine announced the end of a month-long strike that lead to a shutdown in production. The strike cost the company some $96 million.

MORE: Cerrejon coal miners sign agreement ending month long strike

On Wednesday, rebels from the smaller ELN rebel group destroyed a section of the

Rebel attacks against economic infrastructure have risen dramatically in Colombia. In 2011, 120 such attacks were registered, which had risen to 341 in 2012, according to the conflict monitoring NGO Nuevo Arco Iris.

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