Improvised bomb hits Cotabato transmission tower

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Election sabotage is possible motive, according to the police

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Suspected armed groups used an improvised explosive device (IED) in bombing a transmission tower of the National Grid Corp of the Philippines (NGCP) Monday night, May 6, in Sitio Liton, Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato, according to town police chief Supt. Leo Ajero. It caused slight damage.

Ajero said a cellphone was used to trigger the explosion of the IED  at 10pm Monday. “The bomb used may have failed to detonate, [it’s] a low order explosive that causes only slight damage,” Ajero said. No one was hurt in the incident.

The Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion sent troops to check if other bombs were planted in the area.

Probers are looking into the possibility that the incident was meant to sabotage the May 13 elections. The attempt to take down power supply in the area coincided with the power crisis in Kabacan and the entire province of North Cotabato. –

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