Spanish police arrest man driving truck full of gas bottles

Swedish national was driving a stolen truck on the wrong side of a road


Afp February 21, 2017
A view of authorities as they thwart the possible terror attack. PHOTO: TWITTER/@policiacat

BARCELONA: Spanish police said on Tuesday that they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

"We detained a person who was of Swedish nationality," a spokesman for the regional police said.

Barcelona's city hall said the truck had been stolen.

There was no indication as yet whether this was an attempted attack or just a plain robbery.

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The truck was driving on the wrong side of a ring road in the popular Spanish Mediterranean resort city.

Police did not say whether there were any injuries.

Around 20 police officers and at least six police cars were on site, and several gas bottles were lying on the ground.

The trace of at least one gunshot was visible on the windscreen of the truck, which was small.

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