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VIDEO: Police nab Madrid skyscraper bomb hoax suspect

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VIDEO: Police nab Madrid skyscraper bomb hoax suspect
Police cordoned off the building after the hoax call on April 16th. Photo: AFP
14:44 CEST+02:00
A man suspected of making hoax bomb threats, including to a Madrid skyscraper that houses several embassies, has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

The unidentified man, who was detained Tuesday in Madrid for causing public disorder, is believed to have called the Australian embassy, located on the 24th floor of the 57-storey Torre Espacio or  Space Tower, on April 16th  claiming there was a bomb inside, a police statement said.

A video of the suspect being led away in handcuffs was posted on the Ministry of Interior twitter account:

 

The hoax call prompted police to evacuate the 235-metre (770-feet) high building in northern Madrid which also houses the British, Dutch and Canadian embassies.   

The man is also suspected of  a hoax bomb threat made to the Ecuadoran embassy in Madrid on April 11th. 

 He had been detained in the past for making a false bomb threat to a "German foundation" in the Spanish capital, according to police.

READ MORE: False alarm: workers return to Madrid skyscraper housing UK embassy after fake bomb threat

 
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