First underwater images reveal ‘extensive damage’ to Baltic Sea pipeline

Danish authorities have confirmed that the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea off Denmark suffered “significant damage” and that the cause of the damage was “powerful explosions”.

In a statement, Copenhagen police said they had carried out a number of preliminary investigations into what they called “the crime scenes”, with the help of the Danish armed forces and in collaboration with, among others, the Danish Security and Intelligence Agency.

“It’s very serious, and it’s by no means a coincidence. It doesn’t just seem planned, but very well planned,” Danish Defense Minister Morten Bødskov told TV2.

The intelligence agency and the police have decided to set up a joint investigation group which will deal with the further investigation of the incidents, the police said, adding that it was “not possible to say when the investigation should be over”.

Earlier this month, Sweden’s Homeland Security Agency said its preliminary investigation into two other leaks closer to its shores “reinforced suspicions of serious sabotage” and a prosecutor said evidence at the site had been seized.

Swedish newspaper Expressen published what it claims is video of the damaged pipelines off Sweden and said at least 50 meters of the metal pipe appears to be missing

All four leaks occurred in international waters but within the exclusive economic zone of Denmark and Sweden. Damaged Nord Stream pipelines released huge amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the air for several days.

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