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Letter bomb mystery deepens in Spain as US embassy receives envelope similar to those sent to PM

The U.S. embassy in Madrid has obtained an envelope similar to the 5 letter bombs which have been sent to high-profile targets in Spain together with the nation’s Prime Minister and the Ukrainian consulate.

The discovery of the suspicious envelope comes as Spanish police reported a wave of explosive packages being sent to 5 totally different areas in capital in the space of per week. 

The newest letter is ‘similar’ to 5 others which have been sent to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, a Spanish weapons producer supplying rockets to Kyiv, the defence ministry and an air power base.

The envelope was destroyed by law enforcement officials in a managed explosion on the US embassy, the Spanish Interior Ministry stated right this moment. No accidents have been reported.

The U.S. embassy in Madrid has obtained an envelope similar to the 5 letter bombs which have been sent to high-profile targets in Spain together with the nation’s Prime Minister and the Ukrainian consulate. Pictured: Police officers stand the U.S. Embassy in Madrid after a suspected explosive machine hidden in an envelope was mailed to the embassy on Thursday

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (pictured yesterday) received a letter bomb last week

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (pictured yesterday) obtained a letter bomb final week

Earlier right this moment, it emerged that Sanchez obtained a booby-trapped letter which contained ‘pyrotechnic materials’ on November 24. 

The envelope, addressed to Sanchez, was destroyed by safety workers who carried out a ‘managed explosion’, the inside ministry stated right this moment.

And since Sanchez was sent the letter bomb, ‘similar’ gadgets have been sent to six areas throughout Spain – together with a weapons producer which provides rocket launchers to Ukraine as nicely as an air power base that’s used to ship artillery to Kyiv. 

A sixth suspected letter bomb was sent to the US embassy in Madrid right this moment, whereas a one other confirmed machine was sent this morning to Spain’s Ministry of defence, with the envelope addressed to the defence minister Margarita Robles.

Robles right this moment stated that no letter or different violent motion will deter Spain from serving to Ukraine additional.

Deputy Interior Minister Rafael Perez right this moment stated that early indications counsel that the envelopes with explosives have been sent from inside Spain.

The gadgets have been sent in similar brown envelopes and contained unfastened gunpowder with {an electrical} ignition mechanism that will make the powder burn, fairly than explode, a supply shut to the investigation stated.

Police officers stand outside Spain's Ministry of Defense after suspected explosive devices hidden in envelopes were mailed to the ministry on Thursday

Police officers stand exterior Spain’s Ministry of Defense after suspected explosive gadgets hidden in envelopes have been mailed to the ministry on Thursday 

A Spanish police officer stands near Spain's Ministry of Defense after suspected explosive devices hidden in envelopes were mailed to the ministry on Thursday

A Spanish police officer stands close to Spain’s Ministry of Defense after suspected explosive gadgets hidden in envelopes have been mailed to the ministry on Thursday

The Russian Embassy right this moment condemned ‘any risk or terrorist act’ in relation to the 5 letter bombs.

It comes after a safety officer at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid calmly injured his hand whereas opening a letter bomb addressed to the Ukrainian ambassador on Wednesday, prompting Kyiv to enhance safety at its embassies worldwide. 

Ambassador Serhii Pohoreltsev informed the Ukrainian information website European Pravda that the suspicious bundle addressed to him was handed to the embassy’s Ukrainian commandant.

‘The bundle contained a field, which raised the commandant’s suspicions and he determined to take it exterior with nobody in the neighborhood and open it,’ Pohoreltsev was quoted as saying.

‘After opening the field and listening to a click on that adopted, he tossed it after which heard the explosion… Despite not holding the field on the time of the explosion, the commandant damage his arms and obtained a concussion.’ 

On Wednesday, a security officer at Ukraine's embassy in Madrid lightly injured his hand while opening a letter bomb addressed to the Ukrainian ambassador, prompting Kyiv to boost security at its embassies worldwide. Pictured: Spanish policemen secure area around the embassy on Wednesday

On Wednesday, a safety officer at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid calmly injured his hand whereas opening a letter bomb addressed to the Ukrainian ambassador, prompting Kyiv to enhance safety at its embassies worldwide. Pictured: Spanish policemen safe space across the embassy on Wednesday

After the primary incident, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba ordered all of Kyiv’s embassies overseas to ‘urgently’ strengthen safety and urged Spain to examine the assault, a Ukrainian ministry spokesperson stated.

A second bundle was confirmed to have been obtained on Wednesday evening on the headquarters of Spanish weapons producer, Instalaza in Zaragoza, in northeastern Spain, police stated.

Instalaza manufactures the C90 rocket launcher that Spain has equipped to Ukraine.

Spanish safety forces discovered a 3rd suspected explosive machine hidden in an envelope mailed to a European Union satellite tv for pc centre situated at an air power base in Torrejon de Ardoz, exterior Madrid, on Thursday, the defence ministry stated right this moment.

After scanning the envelope by X-ray, air power safety officers decided it contained ‘a mechanism’, the ministry assertion stated.

The base is commonly used to ship weapons donated by Spain to Ukraine, as nicely as for journey in official planes by senior authorities officers. 

The satellite tv for pc centre helps the EU’s widespread overseas and safety coverage by gathering data from space intelligence gadgets, in accordance to its web site. EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell described such programs as ‘the eyes of Europe’ in September.

A fifth envelope with ‘explosive’ arrived on the defence ministry in Madrid on Thursday morning earlier than consultants blew up the bundle in a managed explosion.

Spain’s High Court, which specialises in terrorism offences, has opened a probe into the assaults.

The Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in Spain posted an announcement on Thursday condemning ‘any risk or terrorist act’ in relation to the 5 letter bombs sent to authorities places of work, non-public firms and the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid.

‘Any risk or terrorist act, significantly directed at a diplomatic mission, are to be completely condemned,’ the assertion stated.

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