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Spain detains suspect over letter bombs sent to PM, Ukraine embassy

By AFP
25 January 2023   |   10:36 am
Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of being behind a recent letter bombing campaign that targeted the prime minister and the Ukrainian embassy, the interior ministry said Wednesday. A 74-year-old Spanish citizen was arrested in Miranda de Ebro in northern Spain and the ministry said police were searching the man's home. Nobody was killed…

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on June 25, 2022. – The Spanish government announced on June 25, 2022 a new direct aid plan worth nine billion euros to mitigate the economic consequences of the conflict in Ukraine on the Spanish population. Presenting these measures at a press conference in Madrid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that if we add these new measures to those of six billion euros already taken in March, these direct aids would represent until the end of the year a total of 15 billion euros, or “more than one point of GDP of our country. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of being behind a recent letter bombing campaign that targeted the prime minister and the Ukrainian embassy, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

A 74-year-old Spanish citizen was arrested in Miranda de Ebro in northern Spain and the ministry said police were searching the man’s home.

Nobody was killed by the six letter bombs sent in late November and early December to various sites in Spain, but an employee of the Ukrainian embassy was lightly injured while opening one of the packages.

Among the sites targeted was the official residence of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s defence ministry and an air base near Madrid from where weapons donated by Spain are sent to Ukraine.

Kyiv ramped up security at its embassies abroad after the embassy in Madrid was targeted by a letter bomb.

The arrest comes after the New York Times reported Sunday that Russian military intelligence officers had directed associates of a white supremacist militant group based in Russia to carry out the campaign in Spain.

US officials told the newspaper that the Russian officers who directed the campaign appeared intent on “keeping European governments off guard” and “may be testing out proxy groups in the event Moscow decides to escalate a conflict”.

In addition to sending arms to help Ukraine after Russia sent troops into the country in February last year, Spain is also training Ukrainian troops as part of a European Union programme and providing humanitarian aid.

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