Bomb Sabotages Colombian Cocaine Eradication
Bogota, Colombia (AHN) – Three farmers are seriously injured, the victims of a booby-trapped bomb, which serves as the latest setback for a Colombian cocaine eradication program.
Suspected guerillas left the explosive hidden among coca plants in La Macarena National Park. BBC correspondents say it is the first such attack.
Colombia’s main rebel group, FARC, has previously staged other attacks on the program.
Close to 1,000 farmers are working to remove coca plants by hand at Macarena, as aerial spraying is prohibited in the area.
According to President Alvaro Uribe, national parks are prime drug production areas because the non-spraying policy makes them a sort of safe haven.
By Hector Duarte Jr.