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Prime minister a major target as Spain boost security

Spain on Thursday said that it was boosting security measures after series of letter bombs were discovered, including one that was sent to the country’s Prime Minister.

The latest bomb, sent to an air force base near Madrid, was discovered before dawn on Thursday, after one exploded at the Ukrainian embassy in the capital Madrid on Wednesday and another was deactivated at an arms manufacturer.

The device addressed to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in the post at his official Moncloa compound on November 24 and his security detail singled it out as suspicious.

After establishing a security perimeter, they conducted a “controlled explosion” of the envelope, an interior ministry statement said.

The statement added that the bomb “would be similar, for its features and content” to those received on Wednesday at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid and at the arms manufacturer in Instalaza Zaragoza, with that of Thursdays at Spain’s Torrejon air force base near Madrid.

The Spanish Defense ministry has also received a letter bomb addressed to the Defense Minister Margarita Robles, the Secretary of State for Security Rafael Perez said on Thursday.

Authorities have confirmed that five letter bombs have been sent to various offices.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas