Colombia's Cerrejon coal railway bombed; exports unaffected

BOGOTA Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:31am EDT

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - A stretch of the railway belonging to Colombia's biggest coal producer, Cerrejon, was bombed late on Tuesday, the second such attack in 10 days but one that would not have any immediate impact on exports, the company said in a statement.

Military sources said this attack, like the previous one, was the work of the leftist FARC rebels. The guerrillas have stepped up attacks on coal and oil infrastructure in the last few weeks, also bombing the country's No. 2 oil pipeline.

There were no deaths or injuries caused by the latest attack.

The railway is owned and used exclusively by Cerrejon, a joint venture between Anglo American Plc, BHP Billiton and Xstrata Plc. In 2012 it carried 32.7 million tons of coal from its mine in La Guajira province to its own port, Puerto Bolivar.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Peter Murphy; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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