The explosions that triggered vital injury to the Nord Stream pipelines close to the Danish island of Bornholm in late September have been the results of “gross sabotage,” Swedish prosecutors confirmed.
“Analyses which have now been carried out present traces of explosives on a number of of the international objects that have been discovered,” public prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist, who’s accountable for the continued preliminary investigation into the explosions, mentioned in a press release Friday.
There are not any indications of who’s accountable for the incident at the moment, and the investigation is ongoing.
“The preliminary investigation may be very advanced and in depth. The continued preliminary investigation should present whether or not anybody might be served with suspicion of against the law,” the assertion mentioned.
Swedish investigators will proceed to cooperate with home authorities and different nations. The prosecutor’s workplace has requested for endurance.
“It will be important that we will work in peace and quiet,” Ljungqvist mentioned, including he couldn’t present additional info and wouldn’t be obtainable to the press.
On 27 September, undersea blasts ruptured each the Nord Stream 1 and a pair of pipelines, main to large methane leaks.
Though allegations of doable sabotage have circulated because the incident, this marks the primary time a deliberate act to trigger injury to the pipeline has been confirmed.