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Security tightened after suspected sabotage of TV-transmitter

Published tisdag 17 maj 2016 kl 12.04
The broadcast transmitter outside of Borås was destroyed sometime Sunday night. Photo: Jenny Hellström / Swedish Radio and Urban Kallin.
The broadcast transmitter outside of Borås was destroyed sometime Sunday night. Photo: Jenny Hellström / Swedish Radio and Urban Kallin.

Security has been tightened around TV- and radio transmitters all over the country after a 300 metre high pylon folded outside Borås on Sunday night. The police are suspecting sabotage.

"We are 100 percent sure that it was sabotage," the chief police investigator Jan Johansson told the tabloid Aftonbladet, referring to technical evidence found on the scene.

On Tuesday morning, several newspapers are publishing photos taken at the scene, that show scores of nuts that have been unscrewed from the bolts to loosen the metal cables that secure the pylon to a concrete bloc. According to the daily Borås Tidning, the pictures - taken from outside the cordoned off area, show that the nuts of some 50 strong bolts have been removed. Since they "do not seem cracked or bent", it looks like a tool has been used to remove them.

Swedish radio reports that there are no surveillance cameras by the broadcast transmitter. 

The transmitter served a total of 84,680 households in the area with TV and radio signals, but police and rescue services also use the transmitter for their internal encrypted communications.

A temporary transmitter, placed on a car, has been taken to the area, and on Tuesday morning, Borås Tidning reported that all households should be able to receive television broadcasts again.

News agency TT reports that the military, police and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency are meeting with Swedish Radio and Teracom, the company in charge of the transmitters, to discuss security issues around the transmitters.

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