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Alert in Spain: Trapped envelope found at air base – Third letter bomb in 24 hours

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Two bombs hidden in letters were found yesterday, Wednesday, at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid and at an arms factory in Zaragoza, southern Spain.

Spanish authorities find third explosive device hidden in package mailed to air base Torrejon de Ardoth outside Madrid, El Mundo newspaper reported.

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Two bombs hidden in letters were found yesterday, Wednesday, at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid and at a weapons factory in Zaragoza, southern Spain.

A worker at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid was slightly injured when a letter bomb, addressed to the ambassador, exploded, prompting Kyiv to call for increased security at all its diplomatic missions.

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“Police were informed around 13:00 (14:00 local time Greece time) of an explosion inside the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid. It was noted while an employee of the embassy was handling a letter,” a police source pointed out.

“This worker was slightly injured and went to the hospital alone,” he added.

The employee, who was injured in the hand, has already been discharged from hospital and has returned to work, Serhiy Pokhoreltsev, Ukraine’s ambassador to Spain, said in an interview on state Spanish television later yesterday.

“The police have launched an investigation,” the police source noted, while Spanish justice is also conducting a preliminary investigation into the incident, which may be linked to “terrorism.”

When asked who he suspects of the action, Pokhoreltsev implicitly blamed Russia. “We are well aware of the terrorist methods of the aggressive country,” he pointed out, while adding that “Russia’s methods, attacks force us to be ready for any event, provocation or attack.”

Following the explosion of this hacked letter, Kyiv called for “enhanced security” at all its embassies.

Meanwhile also yesterday, before 19:00 (local time, 20:00 Greek time), “a suspicious package was detected at the headquarters of the Instalaza weapons factory in Zaragoza”.

Police fireworks “triggered a controlled explosion,” a Spanish Interior Ministry source said.

“Investigators are examining the explosive device and examining whether there is a connection between this incident and the one that occurred this morning at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid,” the same source added.

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