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Swedes drop depth charges to try to hit mystery sub

The Swedish Navy dropped 10 depth charges Tuesday on a suspected foreign submarine lying off the Karlskrona naval base in southern Sweden, but there was no indication they hit their target, a military spokesman said.

The spokesman said the Karlskrona naval command had also been authorized to activate mine fields on the seabed around the base. He could not confirm whether such action had already been carried out.

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The spokesman said the Navy was convinced a submarine was lying south of the base, which remains ice-free in winter.

This is the first time Sweden has dropped depth charges in a submarine search since September, when a similar incident occurred off Karlskrona.

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