An explosive device apparently hidden inside an envelope detonated at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid Wednesday — injuring an employee who was handling the letter, officials said.

“An explosive device hidden in an envelop detonated inside the embassy of Ukraine in Madrid. One staff member injured,” Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said early Wednesday.

The staff member suffered minor injuries and chose to go to the hospital to treat their wounds.

Spanish police have not said whether the explosion took place as the worker tried to open the envelope or move it.

Detectives are investigating the incident alongside forensic and intelligence investigators.

Embassy of Ukraine in Madrid.
The explosion happened at the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid.

An employee handling the letter that contained the explosive device was injured.

Police secure the area of Ukraine's embassy.
It is not known whether the explosion took place as the worker tried to open the envelope or move it.

Spanish policemen secure the area.
Detectives, forensic and intelligence officials are investigating the incident.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, has ordered the security of all Ukrainian embassies to be strengthened in the wake of the blast, Nikolenko said.

This is a developing story.





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