Number of injured in car bomb explosion in Colombia rises to 16

Criminal groups are vying in various regions of Cauca for illicit coca and marijuana crops, as well as illegal mining, in an area that is also a key corridor for the movement of irregular goods.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At least 16 people were injured in the explosion of a car bomb in front of the City Hall of the municipality of Corinto, located in the troubled department of Cauca in southwestern Colombia, local officials told Agencia Efe.

"At the moment we have 11 injured officials, three of whom have been sent to Cali (capital of the neighboring department of Valle del Cauca) because of their severity, and we have five people from the community also injured," Leonardo Rivera, Corinto's secretary of government, told Efe.

Rivera said by telephone that unidentified people placed a . . .

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