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by Staff Writers
Stockholm (AFP) May 21, 2008
Swedish police Wednesday arrested two contractors for allegedly preparing to sabotage a nuclear power plant, after traces of explosives were found on one of the men, police said.
"Two Swedish men were arrested ... The prosecutor suspects them of sabotage," Sven-Erik Karlsson of the Kalmar county police told AFP.
He said both men were contractors who had been working at the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southern Sweden "for some time," but said the link between the two remained unclear.
One of the men was arrested and questioned early Wednesday after routine tests at the entrance to the plant detected traces of highly explosive material on the handle of a plastic bag he was carrying.
Karlsson told the TT news agency that the men were born in 1955 and 1962 and that one of them had a criminal record, but did not disclose their identities.
A spokesman for the OKG company that runs the plant, Anders Oesterberg, told AFP the two were welders who had been contracted for work on one of the plant's three reactors, which had been shut down for maintenance.
He said one of them had been working inside the plant for two weeks, and that sniffer dogs would be sent in to search the area they had worked in.