Sweden says traces of explosives found in Nord Stream pipeline

Investigators found traces of explosives at the site of the damaged Nord Stream pipeline, confirming sabotage, a Swedish prosecutor said on Friday.

Authorities in Sweden and Denmark are investigating four leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines linking Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea that have sparked the crisis in Ukraine.

Denmark said last month that initial investigations showed the leak was caused by a powerful explosion.

“The analysis carried out now shows that there were traces of explosives on several of the items recovered,” Swedish prosecutors said in a statement.

“The investigation is complex and comprehensive. The ongoing investigation will determine whether any suspects can be identified,” it added.

The prosecutor’s office declined further comment.

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