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Denmark says pipeline gas leaks a deliberate act

Explosions that struck two natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea were deliberate acts, not accidents, the Danish government said on Tuesday evening.

Copenhagen, 27 September 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Explosions that struck two natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea were deliberate acts, not accidents, the Danish government said on Tuesday evening.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said it was not yet known who was behind the incidents that affected the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that run from Russia to Germany.

The incidents occurred in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden off the Danish island of Bornholm. Frederiksen said she did not view it as an attack on Denmark.

A total of three leaks have been discovered on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.

Danish Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jørgensen confirmed previous information from seismologists that there had been an explosion first at 2:03 am (0003 GMT) Monday at Nord Stream 2 south-east of Bornholm and another at 7:03 pm on Monday at Nord Stream 1 north-east of the island.

The gas pipelines are located deep in the water and made of steel and concrete. The size of the leaks indicates that it could not have been an accident involving a ship’s anchor, for example.

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