Traces of Explosives Found At Damaged Site Of Nord Stream Pipeline: Report

  • A Swedish prosecutor said that the investigation on damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines revealed traces of explosives at the site, confirming sabotage.
  • The Russian state-owned Gazprom majorly owns the pipeline.
  • In a statement, prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said, "During the crime scene investigations that were carried out on site in the Baltic Sea, extensive seizures were made, and the area has been carefully documented. 
  • Analysis that has now been carried out shows traces of explosives on several of the foreign objects that were found. Advanced analysis work continues to be able to draw firmer conclusions about the incident.
  • Swedish and Danish authorities are investigating four holes in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
  • Related: Damaged Nord Stream 1 Pipeline Operator Says Initial Data Suggest Craters At Pipeline Location.
  • Denmark last month said a preliminary investigation had shown that powerful explosions caused the leaks.
  • "Analysis that has now been carried out shows traces of explosives on several of the objects that were recovered," the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement, adding that the findings establish the incident as "gross sabotage."
  • A continuous probe would determine whether it would be possible to identify those responsible.
  • Russia will wait until a full damage assessment is done before deciding on repairs, if any, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
  • Photo via Wikimedia Commons
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