Middle East News
Saboteurs attack Iraq pylons transporting power from Iran
Dec 7, 2011, 12:23 GMT
Baghdad - Saboteurs attacked pylons supporting high-tension cables that bring electricity from Iran to Iraq, killing a policeman and interrupting the power supply, an Iraqi official said on Wednesday.
Iraqi Electricity Ministry spokesman Museb al-Madras said the attack on Tuesday in Baquba, 60 kilometres east of Baghdad, targeted pylons that are part of a network that brings in some 400 megawatts of Iranian power annually.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which also left another policeman wounded.
Power outages are frequent in Iraq, especially in the summer, forcing many Iraqis to rely on private, diesel-powered generators.
Iraq imports about 1,000 megawatts of electricity from neighbouring Iran every year.