BOGOTA – One person was killed and six others wounded Wednesday when a vehicle detonated a landmine planted by leftist rebels on a road in the southern province of Caqueta, the Colombian military said.
The commander of the army’s 12th Brigade, Gen. Fabricio Cabrera Ortiz, told Efe that the “indiscriminate attack” was perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
The general said that the dead man and five of the injured were employed by the Geoenergy petroleum firm and were traveling in a vehicle toward the town of Puerto Rico to undertake seismic work.
The mine detonated when the vehicle was moving along the El Desquite road and also injured an area schoolteacher who happened to be walking nearby.
One of the injured is in mortal danger and was transported by army helicopter to a hospital in Florencia, the provincial capital, Cabrera said.
He ruled out the suggestion that this was an attack directed against Geoenergy, since “they have been working for about six months in the area and have never received any threats,” adding that it is probable that the true target of the attack were the troops of the 12th Brigade.
Colombia’s vice president, Angelino Garzon, in a communique called the attack a “criminal act typical of savages” and called for “rejecting these acts that violate the dignity of human beings and all the norms of international humanitarian law.” EFE