A grenade found in Madrid’s youth social centre diffused by the Police bomb squad


(Reuters) – A minors’ reception center in Madrid became the focus for clashing views on immigration and social welfare on Thursday, after police defused a grenade found there a day earlier.

Police have made no arrests and some officials say gang violence may also have been behind the incident – with the device likely thrown over the walls in a bag, according to Tedax, the Spanish police bomb squad. The grenade contained a minimal explosive charge, and no one was hurt.

The row around the center, in the suburb of Hortaleza, crystallises worries over immigration and insecurity which helped the far-right Vox party double its result in last month’s election to become the third-biggest bloc in parliament.

The center houses around 90 youngsters, most from North Africa, as well as some Spaniards. Several residents appeared wary, although according to city authorities, Hortaleza has some of the lowest crime rates in Madrid.

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