Could be as you guessed. I noticed in the article “officials” were quick to call it sabotage and blame it on terrorists. I see this kind of stuff all the time in the cell phone industry. We have copper stolen off our sites daily. Sometimes thieves cut a cable only to find out it is fiber or aluminum wire and they just leave it where it sits. The article also mentioned an excavator was used to uncover the pipe. I don’t know about you but if I was going to sabotage something it would be a quick hit and gone. I think a crew was working and cut the cable. The provider is trying to do damage control because so many customers lost service and it’s easy to blame vandals. Just my two cents though.