Colombian Rebels Detonate Horse Bomb

July 10, 2011 Updated: July 10, 2011

Two two soldiers were injured after Colombian rebels detonated explosives carried by a horse on Sunday. In a separate incident the same day, rebels shot and killed two police officers, according to media reports.

The horse attack was carried out in Cartagena del Chairá in the Department of Caquetá, located in the country’s south, which is known to be a stronghold for the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Edilberto Ramon, the secretary of the government in Caquetá, said that the attack was likely carried out by FARC. “These soldiers were injured by shrapnel via an unconventional means of attack,” he told Colombia newspaper El Universal in reference to the horse bomb.

Reuters reported that two other soldiers were shot and killed in nearby Cauca Province. On Saturday, rebels detonated several explosive devices in the province.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the government is beefing up its security in the province.

“We’ve taken the measure that from now on, security personnel will destroy any house that is used by terrorists to attack government forces or civilians," he said, according to Reuters. “No more utilizing houses to shoot at government forces or at civilians.”