Swedish police track drone seen flying over Forsmark nuclear power plant

General view of the nuclear power plant in Forsmark, Sweden, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson

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STOCKHOLM, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Swedish police deployed patrols and helicopters to the Forsmark nuclear power plant to track down a large drone seen flying over the site on Friday evening, but were unable to catch the unmanned vehicle, they said. they said on Saturday.

The incident came a day after the Swedish military began patrolling the main town on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland amid heightened tensions between NATO and Russia and a recent deployment of Russian landing craft in the Baltic. Read more

Forsmark, which is Sweden’s largest electricity producer, is on the Baltic coast about 150 km (93 miles) north of the capital, Stockholm.

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

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

He 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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