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Risks of IED attacks against energy assets in Colombia's Antioquia to continue despite ceasefire or possible peace agreement

27 May 2014

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Soldiers de-activated an improvised explosive device (IED) in the area around the 2,400-megawatt Ituango hydroelectricity mega-project (Hidroituango), Antioquia, on 25 May, according to the army's Fourth Brigade.

FARC negotiators give a news conference at the close a round of peace talks with Colombia's government in Havana, Cuba, on 30 March 2014. (PA)FARC negotiators give a news conference at the close a round of peace talks with Colombia's government in Havana, Cuba, on 30 March 2014. (PA)

The commander of the Fourth Brigade, General Néstor Robinson Vallejo, attributed the attempted IED attack to the 36th Front of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas (FARC). This is the second incident attributed to the FARC during the ongoing ceasefire declared by its leadership and other insurgent group Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) during the current electoral period (20-28 May). On 21 March, members of the 36th Front reportedly attempted to install explosives against an electricity pylon but were prevented by members of the armed forces.



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