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Catalan police gunned down in Barcelona wild boar mayhem!

You have to feel for the Mossos…


It’s not often that we sympathise with the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s regional police force. All too often recently, they have hit the headlines for truncheoning protesting young Catalans or beating up suspects, so it was rather refreshing to read this on Europa Press:

A Mossos d’Esquadra agent was injured in the knee on Wednesday by a bullet that rebounded after another policeman shot at a wild boar which had ventured into Barcelona’s Sants district, according to police sources.

This took place between 4am and 5 am, when the animal reached a populated area – it got as far as Calle Numància – and the agents started the search to shoot the wild boar in an open space.

The presence of the police upset the animal, which turned aggressive and tried to attack one of them. While shooting at it, one of the rounds ricocheted and hit another agent in the knee – he was taken to a hospital in Barcelona.

The wild boar was eventually shot several blocks away, in the Sarrià area. The injured police agent was transferred to Clínic Hospital and he is out of danger.

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Published: Apr 3 2013
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