Sabotage cuts power to 18 million people

ILIGAN, Mindanao – Muslim separatist rebels blacked out the southern third
of the Philippines in overnight sabotage attacks, leaving about 18 million
people in the dark for hours, officials said Thursday.

Electricity supply was restored to most of Mindanao island by Thursday as
the government fired up emergency generating stations to temporarily
replace baseload plants disabled by the toppling of transmission pylons
overnight Wednesday, they said.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas blew up at least five
steel transmission towers before midnight using improvised explosives from
mortar shells on Wednesday, knocking out from the grid the key Agus
hydro-electric power complex outside this city.


Repairs to restore the transmission lines to Agus were expected to take a

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