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Suspected Muslim rebels bomb power pylon in southern Philippines

Suspected Muslim rebels bombed a power pylon in the southern Philippines on Friday, a day after suspected guerrillas set off two blasts and attacked a village in the region, killing at least 16 people.

Army spokesman Maj. Julieto Ando said one of four homemade bombs planted in an electric tower of the government-run National Power Corp. in Carmen town exploded, toppling the tower. The three other bombs failed to detonate. The tower is the seventh power pylon toppled by suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels over the last two weeks in central Mindanao island, Ando said. No one was hurt, but the incident cut off electricity to more areas in Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces, already suffering from power outage from the earlier bombings, he added. “We believe the MILF is behind this because they want to retaliate,” Ando said. Full Story

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