Colombia rebel attacks cause power cut.

At least 150,000 people in southwest Colombia suffered from a power cut on Monday after the country's largest rebel group attacked two electricity towers in the region, local authorities reported.

The police said on Monday the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attacked the power towers in the Caicedoarea and dynamited eight oil wells in the town of Orito over the weekend, spilling crude into the rivers of Guamez and Putumayo.

Electricity supply has been cut for three days in five municipalities in the southwestern jungle province of Putumayo.

The police could not identify the owners of the oil wells and did not know how much they usually produce.

The rebels killed 29 soldiers and eight police officers in last month's attacks in Meta and Choco provinces.

The FARC is Colombia's largest rebel group with at least 17,000 combatants. It is listed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group.

More than 600 government troops were killed by the FARC and other rebel groups last year, according to government figures.

[Sorce: Xinhua News Agency, Bogotá, Col, 03Jan06]

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