BAGHDAD - Unknown gunmen on Tuesday detonated seven power transmission towers in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk, the country’s Ministry of Electricity said in a statement.

The attack took place near the town of al-Riyadh in the south of the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, which itself located some 250 km north of Baghdad, and sabotaged the towers that link Kirkuk to Baiji in the neighboring Salahudin province, the statement said. “Up to 27 power transmission towers were sabotaged in the provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk, and Salahudin within one week,” the statement said, adding that technical teams accompanied by the Iraqi security forces have rushed to the scene to repair the towers.

During the past few days, many power transmission towers were vandalized in the provinces of Salahudin, Kirkuk, and Nineveh, as well as in al-Nebai and Tarmiyah areas north of the capital Baghdad, which led to the destruction of towers and power outages in large areas.

The attacks targeting the transmission towers continued. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi asked the army to strengthen the protection of power transmission lines.