After the letter bomb sent against the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid

Instalaza and SatCen, new targets for letter bombs in Spain: What does this indicate?

After the terrorist attack against the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid perpetrated yesterday, more letter bombs have appeared in new targets.

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Letter bomb against the Instalaza arms factory in Zaragoza

Yesterday afternoon the objective was the Instalaza factory in Zaragoza, a company dedicated to the manufacture of weapons. Europa Press has indicated that the envelope received by that company had similar characteristics to the one that arrived hours before at the Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid, although in the case of Instalaza it was not Injuries have been reported, as explosive disposal experts from the National Police (TEDAX) carried out a controlled explosion of the package bomb around 9:00 p.m. CET. The Police have also collected samples to determine the contents of the envelope.

A third letter bomb against the SatCen of the Torrejón Air Base

Likewise, this morning, between 03:00 and 04:00 CET, a third suspicious package has been detected at the Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base, in Madrid. In this case, and as announced this morning, the package was addressed to the European Union Satellite Center (EU SatCen), an agency under the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU working under the supervision of the Political and Security Committee and the operational direction of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, according to its website. The current SatCen building was inaugurated on September 26 and is located within the premises of the aforementioned air base, belonging to the Spanish Air Force.

Which indicates the choice of those targets by terrorists

The choice of targets does not seem random, especially considering that the first letter bomb was directed against the Embassy of Ukraine. Instalaza is the manufacturer of the C-90 and Alcotán 100 rocket launchers, used by the Spanish Armed Forces. Some of them were sent by Spain to Ukraine in March, as military aid for its defense against the Russian invasion that began on February 24. Along with the launchers, Spain sent 1,370 projectiles for the C-90 and the Alcotán 100, projectiles that are also manufactured by that Zaragoza company.

On the other hand, SatCen is used by the European Union to find out the situation of the fronts in Ukraine. In February it was reported that the EU provides Ukraine with information on Russian troops obtained through SatCen, which provides the attacked country with very important geospatial intelligence to be able to know the movements of the invaders. Likewise, From that Air Base, shipments of weapons have been made to Ukraine.

Suspicious letters have also arrived at the Ministry of Defense and the Presidency of the Government

To this we must add that, according to what was just learned a few moments ago, the Ministry of Defense and the Presidency of the Government have also received suspicious packages. Curiously, the package received by the Presidency of the Government arrived on November 24 but has not been revealed until today.

Everything seems to indicate that we are facing an operation to try to intimidate Spain for sending military aid to Ukraine. It is also an operation that does not seem the result of amateurs. The SatCen is a little-known center, although its existence and its purposes are in the public domain. Far from achieving its purpose, this attack should lead to reaffirming Spain's aid to Ukraine. No terrorist operation to alter our foreign policy should result in giving in to terrorists, especially if its purpose is to stop us from supporting a just cause: support for the Ukrainian people in the face of aggression against their national sovereignty that, moreover, is being carried out with indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population.

New letter bomb at the United States Embassy in Madrid

+ UPDATED 2:46 p.m.: Sixth letter bomb, this time to the United States Embassy in Madrid. It was detected this noon at 12:30 p.m. CET in the scanner of that diplomatic delegation.


Photo: SatCen.

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