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.