Powerline in Iraq's disputed Diyala taken down in 'terrorist' attack

Iraq's electricity ministry said an explosive device had been detonated under the powerline but did not assign blame to any group.
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A powerline in Iraq's disputed Diyala province, felled during a suspected terrorist attack on July 31, 2021. (Photo: Iraq's Ministry of Electricity)
A powerline in Iraq's disputed Diyala province, felled during a suspected terrorist attack on July 31, 2021. (Photo: Iraq's Ministry of Electricity)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A powerline in Iraq's disputed Diyala province was taken down in a "terrorist attack," according to the electricity ministry, amid scorching summer temperatures.

The electricity ministry said that an explosive device was detonated under a Khanaqin-Kalar power transmission line, felling the structure and leading to outages in areas connected to that part of the grid.

Officials deployed maintenance teams to reconnect the line and restore power to the affected areas.

It was not clear who was behind the attack, although ISIS has in the past used such tactics, including in Diyala province. Several assaults of this kind took place in 2018.

The ministry reported the incident on Saturday just before a military spokesman said Iraqi counterterrorism forces had recently killed a senior ISIS member in rural parts of Diyala.


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The terrorist organization has recently mounted attacks on civilians and security forces alike. In one incident in the capital of Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed more than 30 people in a popular market.

A Peshmerga Ministry official warned recently that the threat posed by ISIS was on the rise in Kirkuk and other areas.