Spain: 5 IEDs Concealed in Letters Discovered, 1 IED Deflagrates at Ukrainian Embassy

Submitted by Mahtab7 on Thu, 12/01/2022 - 15:38
TRIPwire, 1 December 2022 On 1 December 2022, at approximately 1230 hours local time, Spanish National Police and TEDAX bomb disposal units responded and rendered safe a sixth IED concealed in a letter that was sent to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. On 1 December, at approximately 0900 hours, a suspicious package was intercepted addressed to the Spanish defense minister. Also, on 1 December, at approximately 0300 hours, local police and TEDAX units were called to the Torrejon de Ardoz Airbase after security systems detected a suspicious package addressed to the European Union satellite center. According to authorities, X-rays showed that the envelope contained “some kind of mechanism.” On 30 November 2022, a suspicious package was discovered at a weapons company that manufactures C90 rocket launchers in Zaragoza, in the Aragon region and was rendered safe by TEDAX units. On 30 November, at approximately 1300 hours local time, Spanish National Police responded to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid after an employee was injured by an IED concealed in a letter, sent to the diplomatic delegation that deflagrated after opening. The employee was stated to have heard a click from the letter, throwing it away from himself, before the device inside deflagrated. TEDAX units responded to assist and conducted a post-blast analysis where they examined the remnants of the device, described as a cardboard envelope the size of a book containing a small homemade explosive, addressed to the ambassador by ordinary correspondence. According to media reporting, on 24 November 2022, a letter containing “pyrotechnic material” addressed to the prime minister of Spain, had been intercepted at the prime minister’s official residence. TEDAX units examined the suspicious packages, stating that all the letter bombs consisted of homemade devices sent in brown packages containing a loose gunpowder with an electrical ignition mechanism that would generate deflagration. The investigation is ongoing.