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Police take security measures around the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Spain, following an explosion when embassy staff opened an envelope on November 30, 2022.
Police take security measures around the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, Spain, after an explosion occurred when embassy staff opened an envelope on November 30, 2022. (Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Police in Spain have arrested a Spanish man for sending six. letter bomb to the Prime Minister of Spain Ukrainian Ambassador to Madrid and other important goals at the end of last year The country’s interior ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The arrest of the 74-year-old suspect took place in Miranda de Ebro, about three hours’ drive north of Madrid. According to the ministry’s news agency

Police said the suspect was retired. He was “very active on social media” and had technical and computer knowledge, according to the statement.

Police have identified the suspect as having been involved in the delivery of six letters from the city of Burgos. It’s about an hour southwest of Miranda de Ebro.

Although “it is assumed that the suspect made and delivered the explosive device himself, But the police have not ruled out the involvement or influence of others in these events,” the ministry said.

Police searched the suspect’s home in Miranda de Ebro, where the bomb was believed to have been assembled, according to a statement.

Investigate in various provinces before arresting the accused. He is completely anonymous. But police identified his initials as “PGP”, the statement added.

The suspect’s arrest was part of an ongoing operation coordinated by judges of the Spanish National Court in Madrid. Ministry of the Interior stated

The suspect is expected to be arrested before a federal court judge on Friday in a closed trial. The court’s news agency told CNN.

Some background: Only one person was reported injured by six letter bombs at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid on Nov. 30. An embassy worker was injured while handling letters to the Ukrainian ambassador. Spanish officials said at the time.

Authorities said the remaining five letter bombs were all intercepted by security checks and were not injured. Sent in late November or early December.

They were sent to the Prime Minister of Spain, the Minister of Defense of Spain, the US Embassy. in Madrid, the Spanish Air Force base near Madrid and a Spanish arms manufacturer in the northern city of Zaragoza.

Spanish media reported that Spain reportedly shipped arms from a Spanish arms manufacturer last year. to help Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression against the said country The company declined to comment to CNN on the report.

On 1 December 2022, the ministry ordered increased security at embassies and consulates in Spain. and other places who need special protection Security has already increased after Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year.

After a lot of bomb mail The Russian embassy in Madrid tweeted condemning the shipment of the device.

“We condemn any threat or act of terrorism,” it tweeted.

But US officials believe so. Russian intelligence officer Ordered white Russian supremacy to carry out a letter-bombing campaign to warn European governments that had rallied around Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

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