World Bulletin/News Desk
Unknown assailants blew up four trucks belonging to Colombia's largest coal exporter, Cerrejon, on Sunday in the latest attack against the mining sector in the world's fourth-largest coal exporter.
Cerrejon - a joint venture between Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Xstrata - said it had suffered "a terrorist attack" at its Mina Sur mining area in the northern province of Guajira.
"There were no casualties, but four company trucks were seriously affected, which were idle as a result of the strike affecting the company for 17 days," it said in a statement.
The assault comes a day before Cerrejon and workers, who have been on strike since Feb. 7, plan to restart stalled wage negotiations to try to end a walkout that costs Colombia $1 million in royalties and a 100,000 tonnes in lost output daily.
The company did not speculate on who might have launched the attack, which the Sintracarbon labor union was also quick to condemn.
"Our union and I personally raise our voice to strongly reject these deeds, which are also an attack against the strike," union leader Igor Diaz wrote in a message on Twitter.
He said that talks on Monday to finalize logistical issues and then re-start substantive wage negotiations would go ahead in spite of the attack.
"The process continues tomorrow, we reject and oppose these acts and no one will stop the search for an agreement," he said.Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2013, 12:11