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Colombian police seizes 7 tons of explosives

04-07-2011 12:56 BJT

BOGOTA, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Colombian police said on Wednesday it had seized at least 7 tons of explosives in the Arauca department near the border with Venezuela.

"Through the development of an intelligence operation we were able to seize 7 tons of ammoniac nitrate," which is the base of powerful explosives, Arauca's Police Commander William Guevara told local radio station La FM.

Guevara said that this substance mixed with hydrocarbon and aluminum becomes amonal, an explosive known to be used by Colombia's illegally armed groups in car bombs, antipersonnel mines and other explosive devices.

He said that the based on the volume of explosive material seized in the operation "the seven tons could be used to load 20 car bombs and about 2,500 antipersonnel mines."

Guevara did not reveal when the operation was carried out, but said it had been done when the load was transported in a truck coming from Villavicencio, the capital of the east-central Meta department.

He added that police had arrested two people who allegedly were members of the "10th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia," also known as the FARC guerilla group.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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