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Arrests after flash mob spreads panic in Spanish town

Published 03/08/2016

The flash mob sparked panic in Platja D'Aro
The flash mob sparked panic in Platja D'Aro

Five German women who organised a flash mob event that sent dozens of people running in the streets of a Spanish town, apparently fearing there had been a shooting attack, have been arrested.

Agents were called to Platja D'Aro, a north-eastern tourist resort town, following reports of shots, which proved to be false, a police statement said.

Panic spread among people in restaurants and bars when a group of people began running and shouting while pretending to be chasing a famous person, the statement added.

Police later issued social media messages explaining the incident and clarifying there had been no shooting.

In a flash mob, people gather to perform an action, normally to surprise bystanders.

AP

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