Madrid : A bankrupt businessman rammed a car containing two gas cylinders into the Madrid headquarters of Spain’s conservative ruling party today, police said. The canisters did not explode and there were no injuries, a police spokeswoman told AFP. The man, who was arrested, “was a business owner, who had lost everything”, she added. Police initially said the car contained an explosive device that did not explode, but later ruled that out. Another police spokeswoman said they had instead found an unidentified substance that had yet to be analysed. She would not confirm media reports that the car contained industrial fertiliser. Police cordoned off a large area around the Popular Party (PP) building in central Madrid, causing long traffic tailbacks and blocking people from getting to work.  The party’s parliamentary spokesman Rafael Hernando ruled out the attack being the work of Islamists but expressed concern that someone would “attack a political party — mine or any other.”

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