Algerian man fined for faking terrorist attack during San Fermin celebrations

Ximo Puig remembers air attack on Alicante's Central Market 84 years on. Image: @ximopuig/ Twitter

AN ALGERIAN man has been fined after shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the ‘Chupinazo’ celebrations prior to the bull runs in Pamplona and causing a stampede.

The man placed a rucksack and a bag on the street near where fireworks are launched during the festivities and began shouting phrases often associated with terrorist attacks, causing panic on the streets.

Fortunately no-one was harmed in the ensuing chaos, and an off-duty police officer quickly immobilised him.

It was then found that the item he was holding in his fist at the time was merely a lighter, and his bags had no explosives or weapons in them.

The court found the man guilty of “taking advantage of the gathering of people in a public place, knowing his actions would cause panic and anguish amongst the families there,” and fined him €960 whilst banning him  from entering Pamplona for 16 months for disturbing the peace. 

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