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Monday 25 June 2018

False alarm after Barcelona police find no explosives in van near cathedral

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral
Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral

Police in Barcelona say experts found no explosives after searching a suspicious van near the landmark Sagrada Familia basilica and that concern about a possible extremist attack that prompted evacuations was a false alarm.

A spokesman with the Mossos d'Esquadra regional police said two occupants being spotted in the van near the church had raised the alarm on Tuesday evening but a bomb squad did not find any explosives.

The spokesman declined to be identified by name, following the force's protocol.

Barcelona, a tourism hub in north-east Spain's Catalonia region, and a nearby coastal town were targets of extremist attacks that killed 16 people last month.

Spain has kept its anti-terrorism security warning one level below the maximum since mid-2015.


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