Bomb disposal experts have identified five letter bombs targeting high-profile figures in the country, including Spain’s prime minister and the Ukrainian ambassador in Madrid. Security has been beefed up in the country to avoid untoward accidents. A fifth bomb was detected on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Initial indications are that all five of the packages were sent from within Spain, the country’s deputy interior minister told reporters.

Rafael Perez, junior minister for security, said the home-made devices were shipped in brown packages containing flammable powder and tripwires that would cause ‘sudden fires’ rather than explosions.

The packages sent were addressed to the heads of their institutions.

Perez said a device exploded and wounded a security officer at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid. Three others were detonated by security forces in controlled explosions and the other was kept intact for investigation.

He also said, ‘Initially it seems that the bombs were sent from within the country. But we assume so based on preliminary visual inspection without technical in-depth report.’

Perez said it did not yet appear necessary to convene a security committee that would step by step assess Spain’s terrorist threat level. Because Spain already has the second-highest number of Islamist attacks around Europe in the past decade.

However, police have been ordered to beef up security around public buildings, particularly in checking postal deliveries carefully, the interior ministry said in a statement.

A source close to the investigation said the devices were home-made, but they were not something common that anyone could make. Investigators are now trying to trace the contents to their source.

A judicial source said Spain’s High Court, which specializes in terrorism, has launched an investigation into the matter.

(December 01)