June 18, 2024

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Bomb try to topple NGCP tower in N. Cotabato foiled

RECOVERED BOMBS. Army and police bomb disposal experts secure three improvised bombs attached to an NGCP pylon in Bgy. Batulawan, Pikit, North Cotabato on Monday. The local police said the bombs bore the signature style of the lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters operating in the area. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

PIKIT, North Cotabato – Army and police bomb experts foiled an attempt by lawless elements to topple a transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in this town, military and police officials said yesterday.

Lt. Col. Rowel Gavilanes, Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion commander, said the Army and police bomb disposal team safely disarmed at 10:30 a.m. Monday three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attached to NGCP Tower 39 in Sitio Punol, Bgy. Batulawan, Pikit.

Gavilanes said at about 8:30 a.m., a mild explosion had occurred in Sitio Punol. Civilians who heard the blast alerted authorities about it.

“We sent troops to check on the blast and they found three more bombs attached to the NGCP steel tower,” Gavilanes said.

The bombs were rigged from two mortar explosives and a rocket-propelled grenade head duct-taped together to a mobile phone as a trigger mechanism.

Security in the locality has been raised following the bombing attempt. (PNA)