'False alarm' prompts anti-terror operation near Barcelona church
2 occupants spotted in van near Sagrada Familia had raised alarm, says police spokesperson
Police in Barcelona say experts found no explosives after searching a suspicious van near the Sagrada Familia church and that concern about a possible extremist attack that prompted evacuations was a false alarm.
On Twitter, police said: "It is a false alarm. Situation has normalized in Sagrada Familia."
A spokesperson 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 didn't find any explosives.
The spokesperson declined to be identified by name, following the force's protocol.
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
Barcelona, a tourism hub in northeast 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.
Finalizadas comprobaciones en Sagrada Família. Se trata d 1 falsa alarma / It is a false alarm. Situation has normalized in Sagrada Família—@mossos
With files from CBC News