MADRID (AP) — Police in Spain are investigating nearly 50 reported cases of women being stabbed with medical needles at nightclubs and parties.
So far, Spanish police have confirmed no cases of sexual assault or robbery linked to the mysterious jab. Twenty-three of the recently reported needle attacks have occurred in Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain that borders France, according to police.
A wave of needlesticks at music events has also confused authorities in France, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. French police said he had tallied more than 400 calls in recent months and the motive for the jab was unclear. In many cases, it was also not clear whether the victims had been injected with the substance.
Spanish police have so far found evidence of drugs in one victim who had the party drug ecstasy in the body of a 13-year-old girl in the northern city of Gijón. Local media said the girl felt stabbed with a sharp object and was immediately rushed to the hospital by her parents, who were nearby.
In an interview with state public broadcaster TVE aired on Wednesday, Spain’s Minister of Justice Pilar Llop said that being stabbed with a needle “is a serious act of violence against a woman, so anyone who thinks they have been given an injection without their consent.” urged him to go to the police.”
Spanish health officials said they were updating protocols to improve their ability to detect substances that may have been injected into victims. Toxicological Screening His protocol requires him to have a blood or urine test within 12 hours of a suspected attack, Llop said.
The guidelines advise victims to call emergency services immediately and go to a health center as soon as possible.
In southwest France, about 1.2 million people attended last week’s Bayonne festival in a city near the Spanish border.
Bayonne deputy prosecutor Caroline Parisel said 124 people had undergone medical examinations after reporting possible needle attacks. They included both women and men. 11 people filed lawsuits.
AP writer Sylvie Corbe contributed to this report from Saulieu, France.
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