OSLO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Sweden’s coast guard discovered a fourth gas leak on the damaged Nord Stream pipeline earlier this week, a spokesman told Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

The European Union suspects sabotage behind the subsea gas leak of Russian pipelines to Europe and has pledged a “strong” response to any deliberate disruption of its energy infrastructure.

“Two of these four are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Jenny Larsen told the paper late Wednesday. The other two violations are in the Danish exclusive economic zone.

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The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Thursday.

While both pipelines were not in use at the time of the suspected explosions, they have been filled with gas in the Baltic Sea since Monday’s rupture.

The fourth leak was on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, near a larger hole found on the nearby Nord Stream 1, the Swedish coast guard said.

This week, Danish authorities reported a hole in each of two pipeline segments in their water supply.

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Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Edited by Stine Jacobsen and Clarence Fernandes

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