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false alarm

Flashmob organised by German women spreads terror panic in Spain

Five women have been arrested for organising the event in a town in northern Spain.

SPANISH POLICE HAVE arrested five German women for organising a flash mob event that sent dozens of people running in the streets of Platja d’Aro in northern Spain.

Panic broke out when people began running fearing there had been a shooting.

A police statement today said agents were called to Platja D’Aro following reports of shots, which proved to be false.

German newspaper Die Welt reports that the event involved about 200 participants.

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It said panic spread among people in restaurants and bars Tuesday night when a group of people began running and shouting while pretending to be chasing a famous person.

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.

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© AFP, 2016

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