Spain says butane gas-bottle truck theft not terrorist related

An investigator is seen inside a gas cylinder delivery truck with bullet holes in the windscreen after police fired at it to stop the driver, in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb 21, 2017.
An investigator is seen inside a gas cylinder delivery truck with bullet holes in the windscreen after police fired at it to stop the driver, in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (Reuters) – 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 (Feb 21).

“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.