An unknown object has been observed in the sea outside the Finnish capital Helsinki.
According to the nation's Defense Minister, there is a theoretical possibility that it could be a submarine.
The observations were made Monday and Tuesday night, said the Finnish Navy.
Several naval vessels on Tuesday searched in the area after what may be a foreign submarine and the navy has also released three warning bombs, the news agency FNB told.
- We have dropped warning bombs which have high sound but are not dangerous, says Defence Minister Carl Haglund.
Haglund said on Tuesday afternoon that the object that was observed, probably longer is in Finnish waters.
He said that the search is still ongoing in the area but that it is not clear whether it was a vessel or something else.
However, he adds that in theory is possible that it was a submarine, but he will not speculate on whether it may involve the presence of a foreign State.
It was on Monday evening that military sensors captured underwater activity in Finnish territory. Marine Vessels were quickly sent to the place, and according to the Defense Minister there was still registered underwater activity in the area when the naval vessels arrived. During the night new observations were made.
The Finnish Defence Forces will not say exactly where the observations were made.
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