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Colombia bomb horror kills six

A lunchtime bomb has exploded outside a police station in Colombia's Pacific port city of Tumaco, killing at six people and wounding 71.

The bomb appeared to be a motorcycle packed with explosives, Tumaco security chief Hernando Cortes said.

Mr Cortes said the blast killed three police officers and three civilians. The 71 injured included 35 police officers.

General Rodolfo Palomino, the national police director of citizen security, blamed the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, for the attack, though Tumaco's mayor Victor Gallo refrained from assigning blame.

President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the attack, calling it an "act of desperation".

The south-western port is one of Colombia's most lawless cities, a cocaine-smuggling hub where leftist rebels, right-wing criminal bands and drug traffickers are all present.

The 1.58pm blast occurred "in an area with a great abundance of population, as much for the hour as the geographical location", Gen Palomino said. It is the end of lunch hour in Colombia.

Tumaco is in Narino state, which borders Ecuador and is laced with dozens of rivers popular with drug traffickers, who include the Farc.

The most recent major Farc attack in the region occurred in October when 10 soldiers were killed in a mortar attack while on patrol in a rural part of Tumaco.

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