Six die in Colombia bombing

Rebels set off explosives close to a police patrol in the port city of Buenaventura.

    The explosion killed two police officers
    and four civilians [AFP]

    Utilising millions in US aid, Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's president, has reduced violence by sending troops to take areas under rebel control and demobilise right-wing militias who once fought guerrillas.

     

    Left-wing rebels

     

    Despite government efforts, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest left-wing rebel group, is still strong in rural areas.

     

    US and Colombian officials say FARC is a drug-trafficking terrorist organisation.

     

    A car bomb destroyed most of a milk storage plant run by Nestle, a Swiss company, on Wednesday after FARC killed five officers in a bomb attack on a police truck near the border with Ecuador.

     

    More than 600 troops and police were killed in combat last year and thousands of people are still forced from their homes each year by fighting between state forces and rebels.

     

    Colombia is the world's top producer of cocaine, with most of its crop destined for the United States and Europe.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.