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Second tower sabotaged in southwest Sweden

Published onsdag 18 maj 2016 kl 08.57

Police in southwest Sweden are investigating a second case of sabotage to a transmitter tower on Wednesday after it was discovered that someone had cut a cable used by the area's emergency services.

The cable carried the communications for emergency services in the Sjuhärad region of Västra Götaland county and is believed to have been cut sometime in early May. The tower itself is located in a forest between the towns of Ambjörnarp and Tranemo.

Officials in the region said the sabotage affected essential communication systems for police, fire and medics.

"For a couple of days, it affected our computer use, but the main issue was that we could not alert our forces as we would normally," Per-Anders Näsström, an area official with emergency services, told local newspaper Borås Tidning.

The newspaper writes that police are investigating the damage as sabotage but have no suspects for the moment.

On Sunday, a nearby radio and television mast was hit by unknown perpetrators who unscrewed nuts from the bolts holding metal cables that secured the pylon to a concrete bloc.

The 300-meter high pylon eventually folded in on itself sometime Sunday night.

The police also suspect sabotage but it's unclear if the two cases are related.

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