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Colombian Farc rebels blow up Narino oil pipeline

  • An oil pipeline has been blown up in southwestern Colombia with local officials blaming the Farc rebel group for the attack.

    The incident occurred near the city of Tumaco, which has been without power for over a week following an earlier rebel attack on its electricity grid.

    According to police officials, the attack on the Transandean oil pipeline took place in the early hours of Sunday.

    Colombia's state oil company Ecopetrol said the attack has forced it to stop pumping oil through the 185-mile pipeline, which leads from neighboring Ecuador to the port city of Tumaco.

    Attacks on Colombia's oil industry have increased over the past year, with 67 recorded incidents taking place between January and June, compared to 84 in all of 2011.