Explosion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. The Swedish prosecutor’s office gives the reason
“There is no indication that the explosion came from inside the pipe. It was an external force,” Ljungqvist said.
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In mid-November, the prosecutor’s office in Stockholm announced, after carrying out an examination of the site of explosions at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, that there had been sabotage at the Nord Stream gas pipeline. Investigators seized “foreign objects” on which traces of explosives were found.
In an interview with Expressen, Ljungqvist informed about further arrangements. “We think we know what happened on the spot. (…) We also know what explosive it is,” he said, without revealing details.
The newspaper, referring to the opinion of an expert Hans Liwang from the Swedish Defense Academy, puts forward the thesis that the explosive charge could have been placed on the bottom near the pipes by means of a ship. The submarine version is less likely, as it would require more resources and involve greater risk.
In early November, the American website Wired revealed an analysis of SpaceKnow’s satellite datawhich showed the presence of two large ships with their trackers disabled in the area of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline a few days before its damage in September.
The Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines were damaged at the end of September. The operator of Nord Stream 1, Nord Stream AG, announced in early November that two craters with a depth of 3 to 5 meters were found on the seabed, which were the result of an explosion. The Swedish Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the blasts, and Danish and German authorities have also conducted separate surveys of the Nord Stream damage sites.
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