Power pylon bombed in Cotabato

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected rebels blasted a power pylon late Sunday in North Cotabato province, making it the second attack in just 5 days in the restive region of Mindanao. Security officials said Tower 42, which was in Batulawan village, Pikit town went down after a powerful blast was noted in the area. The destruction caused a massive blackout in several areas in the province. Troops from the 7th Infantry Battalion were dispatched to the village to inspect if other towers were rigged with explosives. The pylon is being operated by the privately-owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and has been the target of rebel attacks in the past. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the bombing, but security officials suspect the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters as being behind the latest attack. It noted though that other smaller groups and extortionists operate in the province. On January 13, rebels also bombed Tower 26 in the village of Galakit in North Cotabato’s Pagalungan town.

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