Nord Stream explosions caused by ‘gross sabotage’, Swedish prosecutor says

The explosions that caused extensive damage to Nord Stream pipelines near the Danish island of Bornholm in late September were the result of “gross sabotage”, Swedish prosecutors have confirmed.

“The analyzes that have now been carried out show traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects that have been found,” said in a statement Friday the district attorney Mats Ljungqvist, in charge of the ongoing preliminary investigation into the explosions. .

There is currently no indication of who is responsible for the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

“The preliminary investigation is very complex and extensive. The continuation of the preliminary investigation must show whether someone can be suspected of a crime,” the statement said.

Swedish investigators will continue to cooperate with national authorities and other countries. The prosecution asked for patience.

“It is important that we can work in peace and quiet,” Ljungqvist said, adding that he could not provide further information and would not be available to the press.

On September 27, underwater explosions ruptured the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, causing massive methane leaks.

Although allegations of possible sabotage have circulated since the incident, this is the first time that a deliberate act aimed at damaging the pipeline has been confirmed.

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