Fake ter­ror­ist at­tack alert goes vi­ral

Po­lice hunt rob­bers af­ter driver is beaten and lorry stolen at gun­point

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Spanish News -

By Richard Torné PO­LICE in Almería are on the hunt for three armed men af­ter the theft of a lorry sparked a ru­mour they were plan­ning a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Almería city about 06.00 on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 6) when a lorry driver who was sleep­ing in his cabin on a lay-by was at­tacked by three men wield­ing a knife and a hand­gun.

The as­sailants tied the driver up and dumped him by the road­side be­fore driv­ing the lorry away. A wit­ness called the po­lice af­ter see­ing the vic­tim ly­ing on the ground and bleed­ing from a head wound.

How­ever, the story took on an un­ex­pected twist when a record­ing pur­port­edly made by some­one from the se­cu­rity forces went vi­ral on the What­sApp mes­sag­ing ser­vice, warn­ing about an im­mi­nent ter­ror­ist at­tack.

This re­porter had ac­cess to the 36-sec­ond record­ing in which a male voice says: “They've sent us a mes­sage that they've stolen a lorry at gun­point... a Spa­niard and two Arabs in Guardia Civil waist­coats... for sure, th­ese sons of bitches are plan­ning a ter­ror­ist at­tack some­where be­cause there's no sign of the lorry yet.”

The lorry was re­cov­ered hours later some 30 kilo­me­tres away to the east in Ní­jar, but the po­lice were quick to re­fute the story, say­ing the lorry had been stolen by com­mon crooks.

A po­lice source told CB­News that the ve­hi­cle had been used to com­mit an un­re­lated crime, but would not give fur­ther de­tails as the theft was part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the sus­pects were still at large.

He also con­firmed that the record­ing had not been made by a po­lice of­fi­cer, but could not say whether it may have come from a mem­ber of the other emer­gency ser­vices.

The lorry driver was ad­mit­ted to Tor­recár­de­nas Hospi­tal but was re­leased soon af­ter­wards fol­low­ing treat­ment.

A real Guardia Civil road­block

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