Letter bombs sent to Spanish prime minister and Ministry of Defense (UPDATE)

1 December 2022, 12:49 PM
An explosive device was found at an air force base in Torrejon de Ardoz (Photo:EFE)

An explosive device was found at an air force base in Torrejon de Ardoz (Photo:EFE)

The security service of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez intercepted a letter bomb, and an explosive device was also sent to the Ministry of Defense of the country, news website ABC.es reported on Dec. 1.

The envelope addressed to the head of the Spanish government was sent by regular mail, the Ministry of Internal Affairs clarified. It was received on Nov. 24.

The Ministry of Defense of Spain also received a letter with an explosive device designed to activate when opened. It was sent from within Spain, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported.

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There have now been five such recent cases of letter bombs in Spain.

Spanish security forces found another explosive device at an air force base in Torrejon de Ardoz outside Madrid, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on Dec. 1.

According to the newspaper, security systems detected a suspicious envelope. After scanning it by X-ray, it was determined that it might contain some mechanism inside.

Spain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the information about the explosives, noting that there were no casualties or damage as a result of the incident.

The law enforcers are already analyzing the envelope, trying to find out its origin.

According to the local police, the letter bomb incidents could be related to each other. They suggest that new parcels might appear in other institutions throughout Spain during the day.

In a fourth incident, one person was injured in an explosion at the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid on Nov. 30.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Spain Serhii Pohoreltsev said a parcel that had exploded at the Embassy was sent to his name. His female secretary found it suspicious as it did not look like ordinary diplomatic mail.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba instructed the respective services to urgently step up security at all Ukrainian embassies abroad.

Another, fifth, envelope with explosives was sent to the Instalaza weapons manufacturer in northeastern Spain on Nov. 30. Among other things, the company manufactures weapons for Ukraine.

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