On Saturday, April 13, state-run Ecopetrol reported that the Trasandino oil pipeline had been attacked in Barbacoas municipality (Nariño province) late (local time) on Friday, April 12. The company also claimed oil had recently spilled from the Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline in Tibú municipality (Norte de Santander province), and that the cause of the spill was still under investigation.
Though no group claimed responsibility or was immediately blamed for the incidents, the National Liberation Army (ELN) frequently carries out attacks on oil pipelines in Colombia. Similar attacks on oil pipelines are possible in Colombia over the coming weeks.
At least 89 attacks against pipelines were reported in Colombia in 2018. The Caño Limón-Coveñas is Colombia's most important pipeline, with a daily transportation capacity of 210,000 barrels.
Individuals in Colombia are advised to monitor developments to the situation and report suspicious objects and behavior to police. Due to the presence of several armed groups - including organized crime groups, drug cartels, right-wing militias, and local gangs, in addition to the ELN - some Western governments advise against travel to various parts of the country, including the Venezuelan border region.
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