* Second reported attack on Cerrejon railway this year
* Cerrejon produces 85,000 tonnes a day of coal
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BOGOTA Feb 24 Coal exports from major Colombian producer
Cerrejon remained normal after a bombing halted a rail line in the second
attack on its operations in around a month, police and the company said
Colombia, the world's No. 5 coal exporter, has seen a drop in violence
after a U.S.-backed crackdown on rebels, and foreign investment has risen
But attacks are still a risk in rural areas where state presence is
A blast late Wednesday hit the coal railway operated by Cerrejon, the
country's largest coal producer, in a remote northern region of country,
the company and police said.
A spokeswoman for Cerrejon said damage was very limited and exports
were unaffected by the attack.
Cerrejon, operated by BHP Billiton (BLT.L), Anglo American (AAL.L) and
Xstrata XTA.L, produces on average 85,000 tonnes a day of high-quality
Violence, kidnapping and bombings from Colombia's long war have ebbed
since 2002 when former President Alvaro Uribe began a hard-line campaign
against FARC rebels and negotiated the disarmament of outlawed paramilitary
Companies are still targeted by illegal armed groups for extortion and
occasional kidnapping attempts.
Fueled by the cocaine trade, Colombia's conflict still impacts rural
areas, where former paramilitaries, leftist rebels and criminal gangs often
fight or form loose alliances over drug trafficking routes.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta, writing by Patrick Markey;
Editing by John Picinich)