An Indigenous group in Northern Colombia that suffered a bomb attack at the end of January is claiming that the bombing is linked to the interests of a US mining company, Muriel Mining. London-based Rio Tinto has an agreement with Muriel Mining which gives it the option of entering into a joint venture or profit-sharing arrangement with Muriel in the future. In a communiqué, the Association of Indigenous Councils of Antioquia (OIA) explain that in the early morning of January 30, after flyovers and shootings from an airplane, bombs were dropped from a helicopter, one of which hit a house occupied by five people in the town of Alto Guayabal. Four people were injured, including a 20-day-old baby.
For background on community opposition to the proposed mining project, see