Attack on energy tower leaves 300,000 without power in southern Colombia
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Attack on energy tower leaves 300,000 without power in southern Colombia

Colombian officials are blaming rebels for an attack on the country’s energy infrastructure that left hundreds of thousands without power.

President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that the FARC guerrilla group had blown up an energy pylon and blacked out much of the southern region of Caquetá Wednesday night.

Santos called it an irrational terrorist act that was counter to the ongoing peace process.

The blackout affected more than 300,000 people and had not been fully resolved as of midday.

The bombing is the latest in a series of recent attacks on Colombian infrastructure, including roads and trucks.

Santos said that on Monday, the FARC forced several oil tanker drivers in the oil-producing region of Puerto Asís, in the souther province of Putumayo, to dump their loads of crude, creating an environmental hazard.

Associated Press