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Mailbomb suspect arrested in Spain — RT World News

Six explosive packages were sent at the end of last year to different recipients, including the Ukrainian Embassy

Spanish authorities have arrested an elderly suspect believed to be behind a mailbombing campaign late last year that left a Ukrainian embassy worker lightly injured. Earlier this month, The New York Times claimed that Russia directed the author – which Moscow dismissed as a complete fabrication.

On Wednesday, Spanish television channel La Sexta reported that the suspect, a 74-year-old pensioner from the northern province of Burgos, was not known to be a member of any political group. He will appear before a judge next Friday, according to the broadcaster.

The report claimed that authorities had managed to obtain valuable clues from a package sent to the European Union Satellite Center at Torrejon Air Base. As the bomb did not go off, police managed to collect the suspect’s DNA and a sample of his cursive, the article suggests. It was the handwriting that led officials to believe the attacker might be a senior, La Sexta revealed.

Moreover, the envelope itself was apparently peculiar. Police then analyzed CCTV footage of the post offices from which the parcels had been posted, and also checked on any recent purchasers of the particular envelope. All of these efforts allowed investigators to identify the likely suspect, according to the report.

Over the weekend, The New York Times published a report claiming that Moscow orchestrated the bombing campaign, leading a “white supremacist militant group.“The Russian Embassy in Spain was quick to deny the publication as having published a”fancy,pointing out that the article presented no evidence.

The attacks in question took place in late November and early December 2022. The particular incident which attracted a lot of media attention saw an explosive package arrive at the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in the Spanish capital. One employee was slightly injured.

Letter bombs were also sent to the US Embassy in Madrid and the residence of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, as well as to the Spanish Ministry of Defense, a satellite center at Torrejon Air Base and the Instalaza arms factory in Zaragoza, which manufactures grenade launchers for Ukraine.

Media suggested at the time that Spanish police believed a single person was behind the terror campaign, as opposed to a group. At the time, officials also reportedly ruled out Russian intelligence involvement.

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