Explosion at Ukrainian embassy in Madrid injures one person

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Explosion at Ukrainian embassy in Madrid injures one person

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Isabel Keane

November 30, 2022 9:09am 

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A letter bomb detonated at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid on Wednesday, injuring a security officer, officials said.

“An explosive device hidden in an envelope detonated inside the embassy of Ukraine in Madrid. One staff member injured,” Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, said early Wednesday.

The letter, which arrived by ordinary mail and was not scanned, was sent to Ambassador Serhii Pohoreltsev and exploded when the staffer opened it, according to local newspaper El Mundo. 

The origin of the letter is not known at this time.

The staff member suffered minor injuries and was able to take himself to the hospital.

The explosion caused “a very small wound on the ring finger of the right hand” of the employee involved, according to Mercedes Gonzalez, the Spanish government’s representative in Madrid. PREVIOUS

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Spanish policemen secure the area.
Detectives, forensic and intelligence officials are investigating the incident.
An employee handling the letter that contained the explosive device was injured.
Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid.
The explosion happened at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid.
Police secure the area of Ukraine's embassy.
It is not known whether the explosion took place as the worker tried to open the envelope or move it.
Police stands outside of Ukrainian embassy.
An explosive device was reportedly hidden inside an envelope.

Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba ordered all Ukrainian embassies abroad to “urgently” strengthen their security. 

The minister urged his Spanish counterparts to “take urgent measures to investigate the attack” and to not allow whoever was behind the attack to intimidate Ukrainian diplomats or stop their “work on strengthening Ukraine and countering Russian aggression.”103

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Detectives are investigating the incident alongside forensic and intelligence investigators.

Spain’s High Court will lead the investigation.

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