The services of the Spanish military air base of Torrejón de Ardoz (center) intercepted on Thursday an envelope similar to those that arrived on Wednesday at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, which contained an explosive that exploded, and an arms manufacturing company in Zaragoza (northeast).
According to sources from the investigation told EFE, the base’s military unit notified the security forces last night that they had received a suspicious envelope.
The corresponding protocols were immediately activated, while the Police have taken over the analysis of the envelope, which could be similar to the two yesterday.
The Spanish newspaper El País explained that the security systems at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base detected the suspicious envelope between three and four in the morning this Thursday, according to statements from police sources. After being analyzed by X-rays, it was determined that it could contain “some kind of mechanism”they added. Researchers believe it may contain a “flaming device” or incendiary, which produces flame or is intended to set something on fire. Members of the National Police and the Civil Guard moved to the place, which have secured the area.
In fact, The Police are already evaluating whether there is a connection between the letter sent to the Ukrainian legationwhich slightly injured an employee, and another similar received by the weapons company Instalazawhich employs more than 150 people in three factories and exports to more than 35 countries.
The envelope that caught fire this Wednesday at the Ukrainian embassy was made of cardboard, about 18 by 10 centimeters and had been sent by ordinary mail with a postage of $2.82, according to an image of it taken by the police who had access the Spanish newspaper. On a white label appeared the name of Ambassador Pohoreltsev as recipient, as well as his position and the address of the legation, all handwritten in blue ink.. No sender was listed. The Central Court of Instruction 4 of the National Court has assumed the investigation of the case, as it has evidence of a possible crime of terrorism, legal sources indicated.
The company manufactures rocket launch systems, hand grenades and night vision devices in Zaragoza. The product catalog on its website includes the C90 type grenade launchers and the Alcotán.
In March of this year, Spain sent 1,370 C-90 and Alcotán grenade launchers and a shipment of light machine guns and 700,000 cartridges of various calibers in one of its first shipments of aid to the defense of Ukraine after the Russian invasion, which began in late february.
In addition, the Spanish government has been very active in diplomatic support for the Ukrainian authorities in the war against the Russian troops.
The Spanish National Court investigate as a crime of terrorism at least the first casethe explosive sent to the embassy, while the Ministry of the Interior has decided to reinforce the security and protection of diplomatic facilities.
(with information from EFE)
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