Blast in North Cotabato tower causes blackout
(UPDATED) IEDs damage a tower of the National Grid Corp in Kabacan, North Cotabato; rebel group BIFF denies that it's behind the attack

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) blasted a tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Kabacan, North Cotabato on Thursday evening, September 26.

Captain Antonio Bulao, spokesman of the 602nd Brigade, said a loud explosion was heard within the vicinity of Sitio Malabuaya, Barangay Kayaga at around 7:45 pm, causing a massive power outage in the area, including Cotabato City.

“Initial investigation revealed that IEDs were placed at the post of the NGCP tower which resulted to the destruction of the said tower,” Bulao said.

Government forces were immediately deployed to secure the blast site.

On September 1, an NGCP tower in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao was also bombed, causing massive power interruption. 

Abu Misry Mama, spokesman of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), denied that the rebel group is behind the IED attack.

“We do not use IEDs in our attacks,” Mama said.