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Security fear over Sweden telecom sabotage

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>> Could foreign spies be responsible for this? One of two telecommunications masts in Sweden sabotaged, according to authorities, the mysterious damage reigniting fears of foreign meddling amid a return of Cold War paranoia. Towers are used by police and military, the damage temporarily leaving an estimated 85,000 homes without television.
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Police have pointed to international actors. And although they acknowledge it could be the work of local extremists or pranksters,
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] bureau chef Alistair Sutton says the intent is clear.>> Russia here is the biggest geopolitical concern for Sweden. Part of the Baltic Sea region, so it's been a center of geo-political tensions.
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So, although the authorities have not named Russia, that's what a lot of Swedes interpret it when they say there could be international links.>> The concern is so great that the country's intelligence service has been asked to investigate. Russian warplanes are known to buzz Sweden's borders, and a Russian submarine was expected to be off Stockholm's coast in 2014.
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There's always been a long history ever since the Cold War of fears about Russian security ambitions here in Sweden. But since the Ukraine crisis and Crimea, those concerns have grown.>> Regardless of the cause, as Europe struggles with its immigration crisis and major attacks on its cities, the incident has only highlighted the concerns of overstretched security forces.
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The finger of blame irritating a sore spot, which is unlikely to be healed anytime soon.