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Swedish spy agency probes drones over 3 nuclear plants

Sweden’s domestic security agency says it has received a preliminary investigation into drones that were seen last week hovering over three of the country’s nuclear power plants.

At first, police said drones had flown over two nuclear plants – Forsmark, north of Stockholm, and Oscarshamn to the southeast. The intelligence agency, known by its Swedish initials SAPO, said a drone was also reported over the third nuclear power facility, Ringhals, the largest of them and located on the west coast of the country.

The police have no suspects.

“For the cases of piloting drones to run over the lights at three nuclear power plants, it was assessed that they were of such a nature, so the police agency conducted a preliminary investigation to be able to investigate the incident in more detail,” SAPO said in a statement.

Late on Friday, police were alerted to the drones but lost track of the drones. Swedish media reported that the drone was large enough to withstand the winds blowing through the area.

Hans Liwang, an associate professor at the Swedish National Defense University, told Swedish broadcaster SVT that Sweden was not fully prepared for this type of event.

“We haven’t really adjusted our view of this type of event to today’s realities,” he said. “We still think of the world as either peace or war.”

In 2019, the Ringhals 2 reactor in southwestern Sweden was permanently closed to operators citing unprofitability and rising maintenance costs.

In addition, there are two decommissioned nuclear power facilities in Sweden – Barseback, located on the narrow waterway between Sweden and Denmark, and Agesta, south of the Swedish capital Stockholm.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/sweden-puzzled-drones-spotted-nuclear-power-plants-82304055 Swedish spy agency probes drones over 3 nuclear plants

Emma Bowman

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