NGCP tower in N. Cotabato damaged in bomb attack

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Less than a week after a bomb toppled a transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Maguindanao, another blast damaged a tower in Pikit town in North Cotabato on Sunday evening.

The explosion damaged NGCP’s post 41 in Barangay Batulawan, Pikit, North Cotabato at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, according to Insp. Sindato Karim, Pikit police chief.

The blast caused blackouts in North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Cotabato City.

Police said initial investigation showed that two 81mm mortar projectiles connected to a 9-volt battery and cellular phone as triggering device were used in the bombing.

Authorities blamed the incident on the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. But the BIFF said it only attacks military targets. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews)