4 Dec, 2022 @ 15:35
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Police investigators think that series of letterbombs sent to targets in Spain may have come from Valladolid province

Explosive Detonated In Envelope Sent To Ukraine Embassy In Spain's Madrid

INVESTIGATORS in Spain believe that a series of letterbombs sent to embassies and the prime minister last week may have come from Valladolid province. 

So far, no suspects have been identified in the ongoing probe into the incidents, and police have not clarified any possible motive for the crimes. 

According to police sources cited in Spanish media, the letters were homemade and contained gunpowder that was designed to go up in flame rather than cause an explosion, and also contained tiny metal balls to act as a kind of shrapnel. 

Other sources described the letters as containing ‘fireworks’ but made clear that they could still do damage. 

So far the only victim of the letters was a member of staff in the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, who suffered minor injuries to his hand on opening one of the devices. 

Among the other targets who were sent the letters was Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Defence Minister Margarita Robles, the US embassy in Madrid, the Satellite Centre at the Madrid airbase in Torrejón de Ardoz, and the director of a weapons manufacturer called Instalaza. 

None of the letters contained any kind of note or threat, according to sources close to the investigation.

Spain’s Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has sent a letter to other EU countries in which he suggested that the letters may have been sent ‘in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine’.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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