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| 4/28/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia Security Forces Destroy Two Rebel Oil Refineries

Apr 28 -- Security forces members found and destroyed two makeshift refineries used by the FARC guerrilla group to process oil stolen from a pipeline in a rural area in Colombia’s southwestern Nariño province, on the border with Ecuador, officials said on Monday, adding that two suspects were arrested

Police and army troops conducting a joint operation also discovered the location of the valves used to steal crude from the pipeline in a rural area near the city of Ricaurte, located some 700 kilometers (435 miles) southwest of Bogota.

The refineries belonged to the “Marshal Antonio Jose de Sucre column of the 29th front” of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group, police said.

The illegal refining operation could produce some 40 liters (11 gallons) of fuel per hour.
 
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