May 17, 2018 / 3:42 PM / 5 months ago

Colombia's Transandino pipeline damaged in attack, Ecopetrol says

BOGOTA, May 17 (Reuters) - Colombia’s southern Transandino oil pipeline has been halted after a bomb attack, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Thursday.

The attack, which took place overnight in the municipality of Pupiales, in Narino province, destroyed a piece of the pipeline’s tubing, the company said in a statement.

The 306-kilometer (190-mile) pipeline, which has the capacity to transport 85,000 barrels of crude per day, was not operating at the time of the explosion, Ecopetrol said.

The company did not say which group was responsible for the bombing, but National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have frequently been behind attacks on oil infrastructure and are active in Narino. Dissident former members of the FARC rebels, who signed a peace deal in 2016, also have presence there.

The ELN recently restarted peace talks with the government in Cuba, after original host Ecuador pulled its backing for the negotiations. (Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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