Swedish police hunt for drone seen flying over Forsmark nuclear plant

A general view of the nuclear power plant at Forsmark, Sweden, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson

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STOCKHOLM, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – Police in Sweden deployed patrols and helicopters at the Forsmark nuclear power plant to hunt for a large drone that flew over the site late Friday but were unable to capture the unmanned vehicle, they said on Saturday.

The incident took place a day after the Swedish army began patrolling the main town on the Baltic island of Gotland amid heightened tensions between NATO and Russia and a recent deployment of Russian landing craft in the Baltic. read more

Forsmark, Sweden’s largest electricity producer, is located on the Baltic coast, about 150 km north of the capital Stockholm.

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Police saw the drone, first spotted by a guard, move around the factory before disappearing to Graso Island.

“Police continue to try to locate the drone, even with their own (drones), but without success,” the police said in an incident report on its website, adding that there were no signs the drone had landed anything in the area or.

It also cited unconfirmed reports of possible drone sightings at the Ringhals nuclear power plant on the country’s west coast.

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Reporting by Anna Ringstrom Editing by Helen Popper

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