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BREAKING NEWS: Police fire at driver as he speeds the wrong way down a motorway towards Barcelona in stolen truck carrying gas cylinders

  • Barcelona police fired at the truck which was carrying dozens of gas canisters
  • The vehicle had been driving the wrong way along a ring road in Spanish city
  • ‘Laughing’ driver is said to have rammed several cars before lorry was stopped
  • Swedish man identified as Joakim Robin Berggren has reportedly been arrested

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Armed Spanish police have arrested a Swedish driver after he was seen speeding the wrong way down a motorway towards Barcelona in a stolen truck carrying gas cylinders.

Officers are said to have opened fire as the man was driving the lorry against the flow of traffic along the Roda del Litoral towards the heart of the city.

The vehicle, carrying dozens of butane canisters, rammed several cars before it was finally stopped on one of the road’s exits.

A Swedish man identified as 33-year-old Joakim Robin Berggren has reportedly been arrested.

 Spanish police have arrested a driver after he was seen speeding towards Barcelona in a stolen truck carrying gas cylinders, it has emerged

Spanish police have arrested a driver after he was seen speeding towards Barcelona in a stolen truck carrying gas cylinders, it has emerged

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

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

The vehicle, carrying dozens of butane canisters, rammed several cars before it was finally stopped on one of the road's exits

The vehicle, carrying dozens of butane canisters, rammed several cars before it was finally stopped on one of the road’s exits

A Swedish man identified as 33-year-old Joakim Robin Berggren has reportedly been arrested

A Swedish man identified as 33-year-old Joakim Robin Berggren has reportedly been arrested

Spain’s Interior Minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido said this morning that it was ‘not a terrorist act’ adding that the arrested man has ‘a psychiatric history’.

A regional police spokeswoman said the truck was travelling in the wrong direction along a highway near the north eastern Spanish city’s famed harbour around 11am.

Spanish national television TVE reported that the truck had rammed several cars before local police fired several gunshots to stop it.

The trace of at least one gunshot was visible on the windscreen of the truck[2], which was small.

Lavanguardia reported that a passer-by was injured by a butane bottle falling from the truck as it sped along.

Barcelona’s city hall said the small white truck – which had dozens of orange gas bottles stacked on the back in plain view – had been stolen.

It has been widely reported that 33-year-old Joakim Robin Berggren has been arrested

It has been widely reported that 33-year-old Joakim Robin Berggren has been arrested

A regional police spokeswoman said the truck was travelling in the wrong direction along a highway near the north eastern Spanish city's famed harbour around 11am

A regional police spokeswoman said the truck was travelling in the wrong direction along a highway near the north eastern Spanish city’s famed harbour around 11am

The vehicle, carrying dozens of butane canisters, was finally stopped on one of the road's exits

The vehicle, carrying dozens of butane canisters, was finally stopped on one of the road’s exits

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

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

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

Mireia Ruiz, a woman who saw the truck from her home nearby, said the driver ignored people screaming at him to stop as he sped down the wrong side of a ring road.

‘When people shouted at him, he would laugh and make offensive gestures with his hand,’ she told AFP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A gas company worker unloads gas bottles from a delivery truck with bullet holes in its windscreen after police fired shots to stop the driver

A gas company worker unloads gas bottles from a delivery truck with bullet holes in its windscreen after police fired shots to stop the driver

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

The police spokeswoman wouldn’t confirm the gunshots but said the driver was being interrogated.

‘We detained a person who was of Swedish nationality,’ a spokesman for the regional police told AFP.

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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  2. ^ at least one gunshot was visible on the windscreen of the truck (www.elperiodico.com)

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