March 24, 2023

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Suspect arrested for sending letters with explosives in Spain

Spanish law enforcement authorities have arrested a 74-year-old man accused of sending letters with explosive mechanisms late last year for terrorist purposes.

On the same day, letters with explosive devices were sent to two Spanish addresses – to the Ukrainian embassy and arms manufacturing company for Ukraine. Instalaza is based in Zaragoza and manufactures weapons, including C30 hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers, which Spain supplied to Ukraine to counter the Russian Armed Forces. On November 30, a suspicious package arrived in the mail at her address. Already aware of the explosion at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, the company’s employees called the police. Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene of the incident cordoned off the area, the envelope was examined by sappers. When it was scanned with x-rays, it was found that there was an explosive device inside and a thread that would set it into action when the package was opened.

The investigation claims that he has ties with the Russian Federation, and the purpose of the action is an attack on supporters of Ukraine, writes dw. The suspect has been taken into custody without bail.

The investigating judge of the National Court in Madrid on Friday, January 27, charged the arrested man with four counts of terrorism and two counts of aggravated terrorism for sending dangerous letters to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles.

The accused was detained two days ago in the city of Miranda de Ebro, 300 km north of Madrid. During a search of his home, an unmanned aerial vehicle and electronic devices were found that were allegedly used to “drop explosives.”

Among the recipients of six letters with explosives sent in November-December were Prime Minister Sanchez, the head of the Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian and US embassies in Madrid, the satellite center of the air base in Torrejon de Ardoz, and the manufacturer of weapons supplied to Ukraine Instalaza.

Evidence of the accused’s involvement in a terrorist gang or organized group has not been received, the investigating judge stressed in the report. However, according to him, everything indicates that the action was carried out by a person with ties to Russia with the aim of attacking supporters of Ukraine.

As our publication reported on November 11 last year, an employee of the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid was slightly injured as a result of a bomb explosion in a letter addressed to the ambassador. The explosion occurred in the diplomatic mission itself, the explosive device was in an envelope with a letter that was sent to the embassy. The letter was addressed to the ambassador, but it was opened by the commandant of the embassy on the territory of the diplomatic mission. Fortunately, he managed to react and the explosion slightly injured his finger and stunned him. The rest of the embassy staff were not injured.

On the same day, letters with explosive devices were sent to two Spanish addresses – to the Ukrainian embassy and arms manufacturing company for Ukraine. Instalaza is based in Zaragoza and manufactures weapons, including C30 hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers, which Spain supplied to Ukraine to counter the Russian Armed Forces. On November 30, a suspicious package arrived in the mail at her address. Already aware of the explosion at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, the company’s employees called the police. Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene of the incident cordoned off the area, the envelope was examined by sappers. When it was scanned with x-rays, it was found that there was an explosive device inside and a thread that would set it into action when the package was opened.



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