Man arrested by Spanish police over letter bombs sent to embassies – National
Spanish police on Wednesday arrested a 74-year-old man suspected of being the sender of letter-bombs in November and December to the Ukrainian and U.S. embassies and several institutions in Spain, the Interior Ministry said.
The man, a Spanish citizen, was detained in the northern town of Miranda del Ebro, and police officers were still searching his home, the ministry said in a statement, without providing further details.
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One person was slightly injured by a letter-bomb at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid. A total of six parcels with explosives were sent to targets including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, government offices, a European Union satellite agency and the U.S. Embassy between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2.
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The arrest came three days after the New York Times reported that investigators in recent weeks have focused on the Russian Imperial Movement, a radical group that has ties with far-right Spanish organizations with regard to the letter bombs. The group is believed to be linked to Russian intelligence agencies.
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Spanish officials have declined to comment on the report, while a senior judicial source denied having knowledge of such line of investigation.