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Man arrested on suspicion of planning attack on Spanish prime minister

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 8, 2018

BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish police say they have arrested a man who they believe intended to attack Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over his controversial decision to exhume the remains of late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco.

Police say the 63-year-old former private security guard was arrested in the town of Terrassa in the Catalonia region on Sept. 19 after a brief investigation. He remains in custody and has not been charged.

The case was revealed Thursday by Spanish newspaper Publico.

Police found 16 firearms in the suspect's home, ranging from handguns to sniper rifles, but did not explain how he had managed to amass such an arsenal.

"This person had a clear intention and will to take actions against the prime minister," Catalan regional police spokesman Albert Oliva told journalists during a press conference.
 

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