Spain says butane gas-bottle truck theft not terrorist related

MADRID, Feb 21 (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.

"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.

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Police work at the scene of a gas cylinder delivery truck with bullet holes in its windscreen after police fired shots to stop the driver, whom they say had stolen the truck and was driving against traffic, in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2017.

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An investigator is seen inside a gas cylinder delivery truck with bullet holes in the windscreen after police fired shots to stop the driver, whom they say had stolen the truck and was driving against traffic, in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2017.

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An investigator is seen inside a gas cylinder delivery truck with bullet holes in its windscreen after police fired shots to stop the driver, whom they say had stolen the truck and was driving against traffic, in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2017. 

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An investigator is seen inside a gas cylinder delivery truck with bullet holes in its windscreen after police fired shots to stop the driver, whom they say had stolen the truck and was driving against traffic, in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2017. 

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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, whom they say had stolen the truck and was driving against traffic in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2017. 

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A police officer inspects a butane gas delivery truck which had to be shot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

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Police officers stand next to a butane gas delivery truck against which police had to shoot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

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Police officers stand next to a butane gas delivery truck against which police had to shoot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

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Police officers stand next to a butane gas delivery truck against which police had to shoot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

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A butane gas delivery truck is towed after being shot by police to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

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Bullet impacts are seen on the windscreen of a butane gas delivery truck against which police had to shoot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

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A butane gas delivery truck is towed after being shot by police to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

(JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Bullet impacts are seen on the windscreen of a butane gas delivery truck against which police had to shoot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

(JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

A butane gas delivery truck is towed after being shot by police to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

(JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Police officers inspect a butane gas delivery truck which had to be shot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

(JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Police officers inspect a butane gas delivery truck which had to be shot to stop it in Barcelona on February 21, 2017. Spanish police said today they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

(JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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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)


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