Spanish businessman with grudge crashes car into Spain's ruling party HQ
The man, who has been identified by the media as Daniel Perez
Berlanga, 37, from Teruel province in eastern Spain, is under
He is a businessman who lost all of his property and blames this on the party, according to a government spokesman cited by Reuters.
After Berlanga’s car, reportedly a Citroën Xantia, crashed into
the People’s Party office, police activated the so-called
Circular 50 protocol, a plan of action in case of a possible
terrorist attack. The scene of the incident was cordoned off,
traffic on nearby streets stopped and a subway station closed.
Two gas bottles were found in the trunk of the car.
The businessman also claimed he had with him 15kg of the explosive substance ammonal and three timing devices, El Pais reported. He said the explosives were timed to go off in half an hour.
Initial analysis has however revealed no explosive substance in
the car, only flammable one.
No one was injured in the incident, though one person inside the building nearly escaped being run over, according to Madrid’s former PP president, Esperanza Aguirre.
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"One of the cleaners who was inside the building was
extremely close to being run over because the car was being
driven at an incredible speed," Aguirre told radio station
esRadio, as cited by the Local.
Aguirre said the car broke through the glass front of the building and reached a staircase inside.
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