June 17, 2021
An Iranian news website quotes Iraqi sources as saying that the Islamic State group attacked power lines transferring electricity from Iran to Iraq and destroyed a number of pylons, disrupting power supplies to three provinces.
Tabnak, a hardliner website, quoted a tribal chief in Iraq who confirmed the report on Wednesday, saying electricity from Iran to Iraq was disrupted. The website also quoted Iraq’s electricity ministry as saying that the Islamic State attack has resulted in power cuts in the Diyala Governorate.
Spokesperson of the ministry, Ahmad Mousa said that the attack took place Tuesday to Wednesday night, and reduced 400 megawatts of power, in addition to serious damage to the electricity grid. Repair crews backed by security forces were dispatched to repair the damage.
Tabnak also quoted a security official in Salaheddin Governorate that a similar explosion has destroyed nine pylons, disrupting electricity in three provinces.
The Islamic State has repeatedly attacked electricity lines in Iraq, particularly those transferring power from Iran. Despite its strategic defeat in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has recently increases acts of sabotage in Iraq.