Friday, April 1, 2011

Two injured when a letter bomb explode in a nuclear company in Switzerland

Two people were injured when a parcel bomb exploded at the offices of a Swiss group of defense nuclear activities, as reported by police Thursday. The two employees of Swissnuclear were taken to hospital with superficial burns and hearing problems, said a police spokesman, adding that he still did not know who sent the package.

Police cordoned off Swissnuclear office, located on the fourth floor of the northern city of Olten. The police spokesman said forensic experts were on site. This month, Switzerland has suspended approvals for three new nuclear power facilities for safety standards can be checked after the nuclear crisis erupted in Japan, where the Fukushima nuclear plant was severely damaged after an earthquake and tsunami.

Swissnuclear states that works to promote the safe and efficient nuclear energy and represents companies Alpiq Swiss utilities, Axpo, BKW, CKW and EGL, which operate nuclear power plants produce about 40% of the country's electricity . Olten is also home Alpiq headquarters, where about 50 Greenpeace activists on Thursday staged a demonstration calling for the company to withdraw its application to build a new nuclear plant.

A police spokesman said they were examining whether there was any connection between the explosion and protesters. However, Greenpeace has said it has no connection with the attack. "We are shocked that such acts can be used for political purposes. Greenpeace is committed to nonviolent protest," said Florian Kasser activist.

The center-left Social Democrats and Greens are urging the country to abandon nuclear power in the aftermath of Japan. But the energy minister, Doris Leuthard, warned against making hasty decisions, noting that this would mean more gas power stations and the consequent rise in carbon emissions.

In 1990, Swiss voters supported a 10-year moratorium on building nuclear power plants, but refused to extend the freeze, opening the way for the government to consider new plants to replace those that needed to be dismantled. Last month, voters narrowly approved the construction of a new plant in Muehleberg to replace the old that are in place, which is 20% owned by Germany's E.


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