Three parcels containing animal eyes and addressed to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid and consulates in Barcelona and Malaga were intercepted at offices of the national postal company, Spanish police said on Monday.
Seven European countries, including Spain, reported on Friday that similar packages had arrived at their Ukrainian embassies or consulates last week. Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Vatican also reported that the entrance to his Rome residence was vandalised on Thursday afternoon with what he believed to be animal faeces.
A security guard at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid was injured on 30 November while opening a parcel addressed to the ambassador. Four more letters containing explosive devices were intercepted during the next 24 hours, including one sent to the US Embassy in Madrid.
A similar package addressed to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had been discovered a week earlier. The envelope ‘contained pyrotechnic material’, according to the Interior Ministry, and arrived by regular mail. Security staff at the Prime Minister’s official residence, Moncloa, carried out a controlled explosion of the mailed item.
Spain’s National Court is investigating the explosive parcels as an act of terrorism. According to the initial investigation, all packages were mailed from within Spain.