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Saturday, 26 November 2022 03:47 GMT

Police in Germany label Nord Stream explosions as "targeted sabotage"


(MENAFN) According to a story in Der Spiegel on Wednesday, German authorities suspect that state actors are likely responsible for the recent explosions on the Russian Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea and have warned that other assaults on energy infrastructure may follow.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) wrote to representatives of the industry, according to a letter the German magazine was able to obtain. According to the dossier, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline breaks were the result of "targeted sabotage," and the culprits were probably operatives of an unnamed nation. The preparation and execution of the operation were described as having "high complexity" by the agency.

Last week, three of the four Nord Stream pipeline strings burst, with purposeful sabotage widely believed to be the most likely cause.

According to Spiegel, the BKA also thinks that additional action "in a quantitatively and, potentially, qualitatively increased form" may be on the horizon. Important energy infrastructure including offshore LNG facilities, wind farms, electricity lines, and underwater internet cables were listed by the law enforcement agency as potential targets.

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