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Monday, 02 November 2015 15:11

Unidentified men bombed two power pylons of the the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines plunging several parts of Mindanao island in darkness Thursday night.

In a text message, Beth Ladaga, NGCP regional communications officer, said the company’s towers 19 and 20 were toppled by the bombing which occurred around 9:20 pm Thursday in Marawi City, causing power outages in several areas of the Mindanao grid.

The bomb attack cut off electricity generated from the Agus 1 and 2 hydroelectric plants from the Mindanao grid.

Ladaga said the toppling of the two towers caused a 150-megawatt deficiency as electricity produced by Agus 1 and 2 was isolated from the entire Mindanao grid.

“Our technicians will start restoration work as soon as the area is secured by the army and police,” she said.

Lieutenant Virgilio Dorotan, a company commander of the Army’s 65th Infantry Battalion, told MindaNews, the soldiers and policemen only managed to enter and secure the blast site in the village of Patani in Marawi City around 5 a.m. Friday.

“We found the two towers toppled on its side but we have already secured the area for the NGCP repairmen to begin their work,” Dorotan said.

He said they are still clueless who carried out the bomb attack  as Army ordnance specialists were still in the blast site to check the evidence left.

The village of Patani is located one kilometer away from the Marawi-Iligan city highway.

The bombing happened two days after the NGCP issued a statement complaining that an “uncooperative landowner” in

Marawi had demanded money and refused entry to their repairmen.

The NGCP said at least 30 megawatts of electricity produced from the Agus 1 hydroelectric dam became isolated from the

Mindanao grid because of the incident.

Bombings of electric towers operated by the NGCP have occurred several times in Mindanao.