Suspected FARC rebels blow up highway in Colombia

Bogota, April 2 (IANS/EFE) Suspected FARC guerrillas used 100 kilos of dynamite to blast a hole in a stretch of the Panamericana highway in southwestern Colombia, authorities said Tuesday.

The attack targetted a part of the road between the municipalities of Santander de Quilichao and Mondomo in Cauca province, officials said, blaming the explosion on the Jacobo Arenas Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

“At 11.00 p.m. (Monday) they planted an explosive device on the highway that caused material damage. Traffic is restricted. The highway patrol has left one lane open for vehicles of less than 8 tonnes to drive along,” the Region 4 police commander, Gen. Omar Rubiano, said on La W Radio.