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Spanish police open fire on lorry loaded with gas cannisters

Spanish police opened fire on a lorry loaded with butane gas bottles that was driving against traffic at high speed down a main road in Barcelona, ramming cars. The driver, Joakim Robin Berggren, 32, who is a Swedish citizen, was arrested after he crashed into a highway barrier. He was unhurt and unarmed.

Initially, it was feared that Spain faced a repeat of the terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin last year in which lorries were used. However, Juan Ignacio Zoido, Spanish interior minister, wrote on Twitter: “It was not a terrorist attack.” Mr Zoido said that the driver had “a history of psychiatric problems”.

The lorry was stolen at about 11am in the centre of Barcelona.

Police said that the vehicle rammed several cars…

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