Deadly car bomb hits Colombia city

Blast kills at least six people and 20 others in country's largest port.

    TV footage showed wrecked taxis at the
    scene of the blast [AFP]

    Footage on local television showed wrecked taxis and destroyed shop fronts as residents carried wounded people to hospitals minutes after the blast.

    Farc blamed

    General Freddy Padilla, the head of Colombia's armed forces, blamed fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as Farc, a Marxist armed group that has been battling the government in Bogota for more than four decades.

    FROM THE BLOGS
    The paras are back ... did they ever leave?
    By Teresa Bo in The America's blog

    "Surely this was the Farc," he said.

    But Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's president, said it was too early to lay blame as police had not yet announced the type of explosive used.

    Uribe announced a reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to those responsible.

    "We can't let our guard down," he told reporters in Medellin before heading to Buenaventura.

    Guillermo Mendoza, Colombia's chief prosecutor, said he would not rule out retaliation against his office by drug traffickers, or a fight between rival gangs.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

    Buenaventura is Colombia's largest port, handling half of Colombia's coffee exports, but one of the country's poorest cities and a major drug trafficking route to the Pacific coast.

    Uribe, who leaves office in August, has put the Farc on the defensive since taking office in 2002 and it is estimated their forces have been halved, to about 6,000-10,000 fighters.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.