Terrorist act or warning? Behind the Ukrainian embassy, ​​numerous explosive packages are discovered in Spain

terrorist act or warning after the Ukrainian embassy in Spain, many explosive packages are discovered
terrorist act or warning after the Ukrainian embassy in Spain, many explosive packages are discovered

Police in Spain blew up a suspicious package discovered at the US Embassy in Madrid, Spanish officials said Thursday, a day after a similar package sent to the Ukrainian Embassy detonated during opening and injured an employee.

"We can confirm that a suspicious package has arrived at the US Embassy in Madrid, and we are aware of reports of other packages being sent to other locations throughout Spain," the US embassy said in a response to a Associated Press investigation.

"We are grateful to Spanish law enforcement for their assistance with this matter," he added.

Spanish police said the exploded package "contained substances similar to those used in pyrotechnic devices".

The action followed police reporting that multiple explosive packages have been sent to Spain over the past two days. Police said the packages were sent to the Spanish Defense Ministry, a European Union satellite center based at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base near Madrid and an arms factory in northeastern Spain that makes grenades that are sent to Ukraine.

Authorities said a specialist squad also destroyed an explosive device sent by regular mail to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on November 24.

Spain's Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the country's police force, said the envelope intercepted at the US embassy's security checkpoint had "similar characteristics to previous ones." The package was later broken up by authorities after a wide area was cordoned off by Spanish police around the embassy in the center of Spain's capital.

Spanish authorities have yet to determine who was responsible for the letters or whether they are linked to the war in Ukraine.

The Russian embassy in Madrid condemned the package bombs on Thursday, saying in a tweet that "any terrorist threats or attacks, especially those directed at diplomatic missions, are totally reprehensible."

The package sent to the Ukrainian Embassy was addressed to the country's ambassador to Spain, Serhii Pohoreltsev. The employee who opened it was slightly injured when it burst into flames.

In an interview Wednesday after the blast, Ambassador Pohoreltsev told European Pravda, a news website affiliated with the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper, that the blast could have been more serious had it not been for the professional conduct of the injured employee.

The National Court of Spain is investigating the incident as a terrorist act./VOA

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