August 23, 2017 / 10:08 PM / a year ago

Rotterdam incident not connected to attacks in Catalonia last week - source

MADRID (Reuters) - A van with Spanish licence plates and containing gas bottles which was found near a concert hall in Rotterdam on Wednesday is not connected to the attacks in Catalonia last week, a judicial source told Reuters.

The source said the tip given by Spanish authorities to their Dutch counterparts was the result of an investigation by the Spanish Civil Guard which had been under way for some time and had no direct relation to the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in Catalonia that killed 15 people.

A separate police source said the man arrested in Rotterdam was Spanish.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Adrian Croft

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