Barcelona: Sagrada Familia evacuated in ‘anti-terror’ operation

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia evacuated in ‘anti-terror’ operation

  • 12 September 2017
  • From the section Europe

Tourists walk by the "Sagrada Familia" basilica in BarcelonaImage copyright

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The Sagrada Familia basilica is a famous attraction in Barcelona

Spanish police have evacuated and cordoned off one of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions, the Sagrada Familia basilica, as part of an anti-terrorist operation.

A bomb squad was sent to check a van parked next to the church, but police later said it was a false alarm.

Nearby shops had also been evacuated as a precaution.

Last month, 13 people were killed when an Islamist militant drove a van into pedestrians in the city.

Catalan police said on Twitter (in Catalan) that checks ruled out that the vehicle had any dangerous material.

Designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, the basilica attracts millions of tourists every year.