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Homemade Bomb Used in North Iceland Tunnel Explosion

By Yelena

Fjallabyggð Ólafsfjörður
Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Police continue to investigate an incident involving a homemade bomb set off in Ólafsfjarðargöng tunnel, North Iceland, in March, RÚV reports. The bomb was the largest of its kind that has been used in Iceland for the purpose of causing damage. The act of vandalism could be punished by up to six years in prison.

The one-lane Ólafsfjarðargöng tunnel, also known as Múlagöng, connects Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður in North Iceland. It opened on March 1991, making it one of Iceland’s oldest tunnels. The bomb exploded in an alcove of the tunnel around noon on March 18. Though the damage has been cleaned up, traces of the explosion remain.

Four Arrested

Four people between 30-50 years of age were arrested in connection with the crime in Northeast and Southwest Iceland. All were released from custody after being questioned. Bergur Jónsson, Police Superintendent in the Northeast Region told reporters that the investigation is going well. Authorities are now determining each suspect’s role in the event, in part using data from mobile phones. Iceland’s Penal Code allows for sentencing of up to six years in prison for anyone who compromises the safety of transport vehicles or traffic on public roads.

“We are still determining how powerful it was, but we know that this is the largest IED [improvised explosive device] that has been used for this purpose in this country,” Bergur stated.

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