Sunday, January 08, 2012 03:21:11 PM
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 8, 2012) – Rebel forces blew up a concrete bridge in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, but there were no reports of civilian casualties, officials said on Sunday.
Officials said the attack occurred in the village of Pangdanon in Patikul town late Saturday and troops were sent to the area the next day to assess the damage, but the bridge is now impassable to vehicles.
“Lawless elements in the area view bridges and roads as high speed avenues for security forces, instead of instrument for development. They would want to isolate their areas from intrusion,” Army Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, told the Mindanao Examiner.
Last December, rebels also bombed a concrete bridge in Tangan-Tangan Bridge in the village of Taung also in Patikul town, where the military maintains a marine base.
It was the second attack on the bridge since October last year. The rebels bombed the bridge to prevent military forces from crossing the village that connects to other areas in the town where the Abu Sayyaf and the Moro National Liberation Front are known to actively operate.