Rebel bombings cut water, power to Colombian city

Bogota, Mar 5 (EFE).- Three simultaneous bombings on Tuesday interrupted electricity and water service in the Pacific port city of Tumaco, Colombian authorities said, blaming the attack on leftist FARC rebels.

The guerrillas fired two makeshift mortar shells at an army post, while the third attack was carried out with a car bomb, Jaime Rodriguez, an official with the NariƱo provincial government, told Blu Radio.

The explosives-packed car was detonated in front of the facilities of the state oil company Ecopetrol causing damage to nearby vehicles and houses, he said.

"Fortunately, there were no human injuries but there (was damage to) the electrical energy and potable water services," Rodriguez said.

Colombia's defense minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, told reporters that the three attacks came in response to the intensity of "the presence and actions" of the security forces against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

"Yesterday, two (rebels) were killed in the ... rural area of Tumaco," said the minister.

Last August, Tumaco was the scene of a series of attacks by the FARC against electricity towers that resulted in the city's 187,000 residents being without power for 16 days.

The FARC and the Colombian government are currently on a recess from the peace talks they have been conducting since last November with an eye toward putting an end to half a century of conflict.