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Swedish Military Calls Off Hunt For Suspected Submarine

The Swedish military says it has called of its search for a suspected foreign submarine in waters off Stockholm after a weeklong hunt.

The Swedish armed forces said in a statement ON October 24 that "this means the bulk of ships and amphibious forces have returned to port."

However, the statement said that some smaller forces would remain in the search area in the Stockholm archipelago. It provided no further details.

The Swedish daily "Svenska Dagbladet" had reported that a damaged Russian submarine was at the center of the search by Swedish boats, troops, and helicopters for an unidentified submarine that began on October 17.

But Russia says none of its submarines were involved in what Sweden called the "foreign underwater activity."

Swedish military officials haven't blamed any country for the suspected intrusion.

There has been increased tension recently between Russia and the Scandinavian and Baltic states over the crisis in Ukraine and military and intelligence muscle-flexing by Moscow.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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