Madrid. A suspicious envelope was found at the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Spanish officials gave this information. When contacted, the US Embassy told The Associated Press: “We can confirm that a suspicious package was received at the US Embassy in Madrid, and are aware of ‘other parcels sent to other places in Spain.’ The embassy said: “We are grateful to the Spanish law enforcement authorities for their assistance in this matter.”
The authorities sealed off the embassy located in the Spanish capital, strengthening its security. Police say other explosive devices concealed in postal parcels have been sent in the past two days to the Spanish Defense Ministry, an EU satellite center in Spain and an arms factory. The Spanish Interior Ministry said police defused the explosives in the envelope found at the US Embassy. There is no news of anyone being injured.
Officials said a similar explosive device was sent by regular mail to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on November 24, but was defused by demining experts. Spanish police detected a “letter bomb” sent to an air force base on the outskirts of the capital Madrid in the early hours of Thursday. The Russian Embassy in Madrid said in a tweet after receiving the “letter bomb”, “Any threat or terrorist attack targeting diplomatic missions is completely condemnable”.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba ordered increased security at all Ukrainian embassies abroad and asked his Spanish counterpart to promptly investigate the incident. The Spanish National Court is investigating the incident as an act of terrorism. Security Minister Rafael Perez said a preliminary assessment indicated the first five packages were sent from Spain. Police said all but one of the “letter bombs” had been defused.
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