Colombia targets drug gang, Gulf Clan after deadly blast in north-western part of the country

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has told the security forces to go after a criminal gang known as the Gulf Clan after the group was blamed for a bomb attack which killed eight police officers in north-western Colombia. The bomb went off yesterday as the officers were escorting officials handing back land to rural dwellers displaced by Colombia's armed conflict.

The Gulf Clan which is estimated to have about 1,800 members is Colombia's biggest drugs gang. It controls many of the routes used to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the US and as far away as Russia.