Colombian state-run oil firm Ecopetrol SA stated a bomb assault on the Trasandino pipeline late Monday close to a populated space triggered a fireplace however no accidents.

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The bombing hit the pipeline close to the city of El Pailon in Narino Province, near the border with Ecuador, the corporate stated Tuesday, including that the fireplace has been contained.

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The pipeline was not working on the time of the assault, the third this yr. There have been 16 assaults on the pipeline in 2018.

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Ecopetrol didn’t say who was accountable however safety sources attributed it to the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) insurgent group, which incessantly assaults oil and vitality infrastructure within the space.

The corporate stated it’s ready for safety forces to safe the realm so it may possibly assess the injury.

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The 306-km (190-mile) Trasandino pipeline has capability to move about 85,000 barrels of crude day by day from fields in Putumayo Province to the Pacific Ocean port of Tumaco, the place it’s exported.

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