The Colombian army has destructed a minefield and deactivated two gas bombs in the southwestern part of the country, reported local media Thursday.
Army forces found and deactivated the explosive devices while carrying out an operation against the FARC in the Putomayo department.
According to official reports, the explosives were installed by guerrillas from the FARC’s 48th Front, who were allegedly planning to target security forces and civilians eradicating coca crops in the region.
Soliders reportedly discovered the minefield hidden in a coca field in La Rosa, a town in the municipality of Puerto Asis. It was reportedly composed of 12 high-powered explosive devices and a 50 pound gas cylinder.
“Composed of ANFO explosives and shrapnel, [the explosives] were packaged in metal tubes and reinforced with a detonating cord. They also had an activation system for syringe pressure,” read reports from Colombia army’s 6th division.
A second gas cylinder bomb was found roadside in Puerto Asis and is believed to have been installed by members of the FARC’s 32nd Front. The explosive contained three pounds of pentolite, five meters of detonating cord and shrapnel made of nails, car filters and feces.