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Rebels bomb transmission tower

Members of the brigand Bagsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) bombed a transmission tower of the National Grid Cooperation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao causing massive power outage in the province.

Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office (PAO) chief, said government forces are now conducting pursuit operations against those behind the attack.

Col. Dickson Hermoso, the 6th Infantry Division (6ID) spokesman, said an explosion took place around 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the NGCP tower no. 168 at Km 14, Barangay Ladia, Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao.

He added government militiamen went to the area to check on the source of the explosion and discovered that the explosion had destroyed the NGCP tower.

At around 6:25 a.m. yesterday, an Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team conducted post blast investigation and declared that NGCP Tower No. 168 totally collapsed.

Hermoso said IED components were recovered in the blast site.

Meanwhile, Zagala said as of press time, power was resumed in the affected areas.

Zagala likewise said that no one was reported injured nor killed in this latest round of BIFF atrocity which aims to disrupt the ongoing peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

He noted this is not the first attack on the NGCP tower in Sultan Kudarat town, stressing that the military managed to foil the Aug. 19 bombing raid of the BIFF.

“They are peace spoilers and we will just continue to be vigilant to prevent them from conducting similar attacks,” the AFP PAO chief said. (Elena L. Aben)