Sagrada Familia in Barcelona briefly cordoned off as bomb squad checks suspicious van
Armed police searched bins, and told shopkeepers to close their businesses, as a bomb squad examined the vehicle. About an hour after news of the operation began filtering through to the media, police declared the incident a "false alarm."
Police said that there were two people inside the van, but that nobody was arrested.
In the framework of anti-terrorist operation we're carrying out checks on Sagrada Familia, TEDAX is checking a van parked in the street— Mossos (@mossos) 12 September 2017
Els carrers al voltant de la Sagrada Familia tallats i desallotjats per alerta de seguretat pic.twitter.com/pOuhk75Nnm— Carles González (@carlesgonzalezg) September 12, 2017
All streets around Sagrada Familia are blocked and police are moving everyone out of the area. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/W0qsMcEnhp— cătălin codrean (@ccodrean) September 12, 2017
At least 16 victims and eight suspected Islamic terrorists died in a series of attacks through the region of Catalonia last month. The worst of these happened in the city’s main street of La Rambla, where a rented van mowed down pedestrians, killing 15 and injuring more than 130 others.
Local media reported that the attackers had planned to set off homemade explosive charges near the UNESCO-listed landmark, but were dissuaded when two of them died in an accidental blast days before the attack.