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Bombs Placed in Reykjavík Telecommunications Masts

An attempt was made to paralyze an important part of the telecommunications system in Iceland’s capital on Wednesday night. It appears that three gas bombs were placed in telecommunications masts in Öskjuhlíd near the Icelandic Meteorological Office and that two went off. The third bomb was found intact.

Police were notified of fire in cables of two telecommunications masts in Öskjuhlíd at 4:42 am, one of which is owned by telecom Fjarski and the other by Míla, mbl.is reports.

The fire was easily distinguished, yet it caused considerable damage. For example, the signal for television channel Stöd 2 and for the telecom Og Fjarskipti went dead.

The damage could be repaired quickly, according to Hrannar Pétursson, the information officer of Vodafone. The microwave broadcast of Og Fjarskipti in southwest Iceland through the Digital Ísland system was interrupted from 4:30 am to 7:15 am yesterday morning but there were no disturbances to the GSM network.

The three masts carry the antennas of Síminn, Vodafone, Tetra, Landsvirkjun, Fjarski and Míla. If their equipment had been damaged both GSM and microwave network telecommunications would have suffered significant disturbances.

The Capital Region forensics department investigated the scene of the fire and its source is under continued investigation. The attempt to damage the capital’s telecommunications system is considered serious.

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