Strengthened suspicions of gross sabotage in Baltic Sea
Published 6 October 2022
The Swedish Security Service’s crime scene investigation of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines has now been completed. The investigation has strengthened the suspicions of gross sabotage.
The Security Service carried out the crime scene investigation, beginning this past weekend, with excellent support and cooperation from the Swedish Coast Guard, Armed Forces and Police Authority.
The crime scene investigation has shown that there have been detonations near Nord Stream 1 and 2, within the Swedish economic zone, resulting in extensive damage to the gas pipelines.
Certain seizures were made during the on-site investigation. The Swedish Security Service is continuously taking various measures in its investigation into these events. As part of this work, the seized material will now be processed and analysed. The continued investigation will show whether anyone can be suspected of, and later prosecuted for, this crime.
The investigation into the Nord Stream events is being conducted by the Swedish Security Service and is headed by a National Security Unit prosecutor. As the crime scene investigation has been completed, the prosecutor has lifted the cordons around the area.
The Swedish Security Service assesses the Baltic Sea incidents to be very serious, and is keeping a close eye on developments and taking the measures needed to fulfil our duty to protect Sweden and its security.
6 October 2022