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| 11/20/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia accuses Venezuela of blowing up border bridges

Nov 20--Colombia has accused neighbouring Venezuela of blowing up two pedestrian bridges on its shared border.

Colombian Defence Minister Gabriel Silva said eyewitnesses had seen men who appeared to be from the Venezuelan army blow up the bridges with dynamite.

He described the incident, on the border of Colombia's Norte de Santander region, as violating international law.

A Venezuelan official was quoted as saying that the army had blown up an illegal, improvised bridge.

It was the latest in a series of incidents to cause tension between the two neighbours.

'Walkway'

"Uniformed men, apparently from the Venezuelan army, arrived in trucks on the Venezuelan side at two pedestrian bridges that link communities on both sides... and then proceeded to dynamite them," Mr Silva said.

But Alexis Balza, frontier director for Tachira State governor's office, was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying an illegal bridge had been removed.
 
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