Colombian army blames ELN rebels for attack on oil installation

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Bogota, Jun 30 (EFE).- The ELN guerrilla group was responsible for a weekend attack on the Caño Limon-Coveñas oil pipeline in the northeastern province of Arauca that left 13 civilians wounded, the Colombian military said Monday."I condemn the treacherous criminal attack committed in Arauca by the ELN terrorist group against the defenseless civilian population," the army commander, Gen. Jaime Lasprilla, said on Twitter.The storming of the Occidental Petroleum camp with explosives near the border with Venezuela was carried out by the National Liberation Army, or ELN, according to Lasprilla.The raid was launched Sunday afternoon while a group of oil-pipeline workers were attending Mass, and among the injured was the priest who suffered head wounds.Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon traveled Monday with the military high command to Arauca for a security council meeting.The oil pipeline, which transports crude from oil fields in Arauca to the Caribbean port of Coveñas, has been the target of numerous attacks by guerrilla groups, chiefly the ELN.The attacks, which have declined in recent years, have seen a resurgence in 2014, to the point that crude transport has been at a standstill for several weeks.The ELN has attacked the pipeline at least three times over the past 10 days, which has again halted the transport of crude, according to state oil company Ecopetrol. EFEjoc/cd

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