Police shoot to stop gas truck speeding against traffic in Spain

2017-02-21 16:02
A police officer walks past the speeding truck which was stopped in Barcelona, Spain. (Manu Fernandez, AP)

A police officer walks past the speeding truck which was stopped in Barcelona, Spain. (Manu Fernandez, AP)

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Madrid - Police in Barcelona fired gunshots on Tuesday to stop a Swedish man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming several cars along the way, a police spokesperson said. The man was arrested and is being questioned.

A regional police spokesperson said no one was wounded from the police gunshots, but injuries couldn't be ruled out because the truck lost several butane gas tanks as the man tried to escape by speeding down a highway near the northeastern Spanish city's famed harbour. The incident took place around 11:00 on Tuesday (10:00 GMT).

The Mossos d'Esquadra official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the force's policy.

Several cars were hit during the attempted escape, she said, adding that the truck had been stolen earlier in the day in a nearby district.

The man was being interrogated and a full investigation into the incident has begun, she said, adding that police were not ruling out any hypothesis.

Spain has kept its national security alert to one step below maximum since July 2015, following violent attacks in France and elsewhere.

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