MADRID Feb 21 A Swede who stole a truck
carrying dozens of butane gas bottles and drove it at speed in
the Spanish city of Barcelona was suffering psychiatric problems
and not attempting an attack, the government said on Tuesday.
"The detained driver of the stolen butane gas truck has a
psychiatric history. It was not a case of a terrorist act," the
Interior Ministry said in tweet.
About half the butane bottles were flung from the stolen
truck as the man sped against the flow of traffic on the Ronda
Litoral highway while he was closely pursued by police, the
local police said at a press conference.
The man, 32, who was not carrying any form of weapon, hit a
number of vehicles before crashing into a wall where he was
removed from the cabin at gunpoint, the police said.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Tom
Heneghan; Editing by Julien Toyer)