Madrid (EFE).- The National Police on Wednesday arrested a 74-year-old man in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos), PGP, for sending letter bombs with pyrotechnic material to the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez; to the embassies of Ukraine and the US; and to the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, among other recipients, between November and December 2022.
He is the only suspect of all the shipments made on those dates, according to police and legal sources.
From the Ministry of the Interior they have confirmed the arrest ordered by the Investigating Court number 4 of the National Court -before which it will be made available next Friday, the 27th- and have detailed that the investigators are registering the address of the detainee.
In total, he is credited with sending six brown envelopes with homemade pyrotechnic material similar to gunpowder inside. At least four of them had the same handwriting, so the researchers’ main assumption was always that there was, in all likelihood, only one author.
The first letter bomb, detected in Moncloa
The first letter bomb that arrived was intercepted at the Palacio de la Moncloa on November 24 by the security services, in a routine search of the mail addressed to the President of the Government, although it was made public a week later when another envelope of the same characteristics arrived at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid and exploded in the hands of a worker.
These two shipments were followed by four others: the Instalaza arms manufacturing company in Zaragoza; to the Torrejón de Ardoz air base (Madrid), specifically to the European Union Satellite Center; the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles; and to the US ambassador on December 1, 2022.
The only one that was “neutralized” is that it reached Torrejón, which made it possible to analyze both the packaging and the explosive material used and the detonation mechanism used for the letter bombs; the others were detonated.EFE