Sweden on alert after the discovery of explosives near a nuclear power plant

STOCKHOLM – On Thursday Sweden raised the security alert  after the discovery of explosives in a truck near the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in south-west. Police said they were investigating a possible sabotage.

Police said the bomb-sniffing dogs detected explosives Wednesday afternoon during a routine check carried out by security personnel, on an industrial site within the confines of the nuclear plant. The police would not reveal the type of explosives or the amount.

Deminers have asserted that there was no ignition system, which means that there was no danger of explosion.

A spokesman for the police, Tommy Nyman, confided that he might be a sabotage, but there were no suspects at this time. The truck driver was apparently unaware of the presence of these explosives, he said.

The Ringhals power plant, located 70 kilometers south of Gothenburg, the second largest city, is home to four reactors. It is headed by the companies Vattenfall and E.ON There are a total of ten nuclear reactors in Sweden, producing half of the country’s electricity.

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