One soldier died and one other was wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded near the airport of the southwestern port city of Tumaco, the Colombian military said.
The bomb had been left at the head of the La Florida airport runway and detonated when a military patrol was passing by performing inspection duties, Rear Adm. Luis Tovar, the head of a counter-narcotics task force, told the media.
The blast killed Pvt. Samuel Reyes and wounded his companion, Javier Quintero, in the right arm.
“This incident occurred in a zone with a civilian population, a nearby educational institution. At that time (7:45 a.m.) there are children in the area and people going to work,” Tovar said.
The admiral attributed the bombing to members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the Andean nation’s largest rebel group.
One soldier was killed and four others were wounded in Tumaco in an explosion that came one day before Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon was due to arrive in the city to analyze the local security situation with military commanders.