* 48,000-barrels-per-day pipeline blown up
* Cerrejon rail line attacked, operations not affected
* FARC, government holding peace talks since November
By Luis Jaime Acosta
BOGOTA, Jan 22 Colombia's leftist FARC
guerrillas have dynamited two southern oil pipelines and planted
a bomb on the top coal exporter's northern railway after the end
of a rebel ceasefire, officials said on Tuesday.
A unilateral two-month truce declared by the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, at the start of peace talks
with the Colombian government ended on Sunday without an
extension. The guerrillas wanted a bilateral ceasefire.
President Juan Manuel Santos' administration has said it
will not stop military operations against the Marxist rebels,
who have been fighting successive Colombian governments since
the 1960s, until a final peace deal is reached.
In the first attack after the end of the truce, FARC
guerrillas blew up a section of the Transandino pipeline on
Sunday in the jungle-covered Putumayo province near the border
with Ecuador, a source at state-run oil company Ecopetrol said.
The 190-mile (306-km) line has a capacity of 48,000 barrels
of oil per day and runs from fields in Putumayo to the Pacific
Later on Sunday, rebels destroyed four sections of a smaller
line that takes crude oil from several wells to a storage
facility from where it is transported through the Transandino
line, the sources said.
On Monday night, northern units of the FARC tossed a bomb
onto the railway of the country's No. 1 coal exporter, Cerrejon,
in the Guajira province, according to military sources.
The company - a joint venture between BHP Billiton,
Anglo American and Xstrata - said there had been
no injuries or fatalities in the attack and that the train was
Colombia is the world's No. 4 coal exporter and Latin
America's fourth-largest oil producer.
Negotiations to bring an end to Latin America's
longest-running insurgency began in November when the government
and the FARC sat down for the first round of talks on a
five-point peace agenda in Cuba. The third round of talks
started earlier this month.
Over the last year, rebels have increased attacks against
oil and mining installations - bombings of oil pipelines shot up
460 percent in the January-August period to 117 compared with
the same period in 2011, according to the Defense Ministry.
A government offensive over the past decade against the
drug-funded FARC has improved stability and helped attract
billions of dollars of foreign direct investment, mostly in the
oil and mining sectors, boosting economic growth.
But security is still an issue, especially in rural areas,
where more exploration is taking place.
Highlighting the risks to companies in the Andean nation,
five workers, including a Canadian, two Peruvians and two
Colombians, were kidnapped on Friday by a smaller rebel group at
a gold mine in northern Colombia.
Canadian mining company Braeval said those
kidnapped worked at its Snow mine project.
(Writing by Jack Kimball; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)