The Narino Department. Image courtesy of Shadowxfox/Wikimedia Commons.

A contractor for Colombia’s Ecopetrol was killed Wednesday after an explosive device went off in western Colombia.

Alvaro Chapuesgal, 25, was working for Ecopetrol in the municipality of Tumaco in Narino, Colombia when the explosion happened, killing him and injuring three others.

Chapuesgal was employed by WPF Consortium and had been carrying out repairs on Ecopetrol’s Transandino crude pipeline after it suffered damages from militant group attacks.

The three other men injured in the blast — Fredy Delgado, Carlos Casanova and Dario Arcos — are also WPF Consortium employees.

All three received treatment at medical centers in Tumaco and Llorente, Ecopetrol said.

The state owned company has not released details about the incident but it did issue a statement Wednesday condemning the attack.

A Colombian army official told Reuters that Chapuesgal stepped on a landmine.

Officials have not named any suspects.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Transdino pipeline stretches 190 miles and transport crude from several southern Colombian fields to a port on the country’s Pacific coast.


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