Colombian authorities seized more than 1.5 tons of explosives belonging to a column of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas in a rural area in the southern part of the country, the Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

The confiscated materials consisted of 5,000 sticks of dynamite, 16 55-gallon containers filled with explosives, 12 packages weighing 50 kilograms (110 pounds) each of potassium chloride and four homemade mortars.

The explosives were found by members of the army and the Technical Investigation Corps, or CTI, a department within the AG's Office, in the San Alejandro sector of Nariño province, which borders on Ecuador.

Authorities said that the explosives belonged to the FARC's Mariscal Sucre mobile column, which apparently was intending to use them to carry out attacks on electricity towers and the Transandino Pipeline in Nariño. EFE