Power back in Colombia's largest port city
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Power back in Colombia's largest port city


Colombian authorities say electricity has returned to the port city of Buenaventura, which has been without power since Monday night when a rebel group allegedly blew up a nearby transmission tower.

Pacific Power Co. said Thursday that a team of more than 50 workers installed an emergency tower over three days so electricity could again start feeding into the Pacific coast city that is home to more than 400,000 people. Priority for power service was given to health institutions and security facilities.

As of late Thursday afternoon, the power company said electricity had been fully restored to the city.

Officials have blamed the attack on the 30th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and President Juan Manuel Santos has warned that such attacks could cause him to break off peace talks with the rebel movement.

Representatives of the government and rebels have been negotiating in Cuba since late 2012.

Buenaventura mayor Bartolo Valencia Ramos condemned the attack on the infrastructure of the city, which processes the majority of Colombia’s imports and exports but also struggles with some of the country’s highest rates of poverty and violence.

“This action perpetrated by illegal armed actors does not only affect the city’s 450,000 residents, but also the commercial, industrial, banking and fishing sectors, among others, resulting in millions in losses,” Valencia said.

Additional reporting by Associated Press