NGCP pylons blasted in North Cotabato

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: Two steel pylons belonging to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) were blasted anew on Friday night in Pikit town cutting power to Maguindanao province, including Cotabato City, and parts of North Cotabato for about four hours, officials said on Saturday.

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Pikit town police chief Senior Insp. Sindato Karim identified the towers as NGCP steel pylons no. 44 and 45, which were found totally destroyed by improvised explosive devices (IED).

Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, the Public Affairs Officer of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said that it was the fourth attack against NGCP facilities in Pikit, North Cotabato and Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

Petinglay said the blast toppled two NGCP Towers that transmit power from the Kibawe power station in Bukidnon, to Barangay Batulawan, Pikit..

Power was restored to blacked-out areas past 3 a.m.

Responding Army and police bomb experts found fragments of 60 mm mortar shells and police and military officials says that between six to seven IEDs appear to have been used in the attack.

Previous attacks on NGCP power facilities have been blamed on the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

An earlier attack on an NGCP transmission tower, also in Pikit, last Sunday plunged large areas of Central Mindanao into darkness.

On January 13, Tower 26 in Barangay Ginakit, Pagalungan was bombed. Five days later, Tower 41, also in Batulawan, was attacked and all the bombs used in the attacks used in the attacks were crafted from mortar shells and triggered by mobile phones.

The motive of the attack is still unknown and no individual or group claimed responsibility for the bombings.

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