Terrorist alert in Barcelona following the sighting of ‘suspicious’ vehicle at iconic church.
The city of Barcelona has been thrown into turmoil once again after the devastating terrorist attacks which rocked the city last month perpetrated by the terrorist organisation, ISIS. Catalan police issued a warning yesterday that they needed to evacuate the famous Sagrada Familia church in the centre of the city after a bomb scare was called in following the sighting of a ‘suspicious’ van in the immediate area.
Police have evacuated Barcelona’s landmark Sagrada Familia
The streets surrounding the iconic church were completely cleared by the police and public transport was diverted from the area where the suspicious vehicle containing two individuals had been parked. People living in the local area were told not to leave their home and to wait for further information from the police who claimed that they were working to restore normality. Officers from the bomb squad were summoned, according to a representative from the Catalan police service, along with armed police officers.
But despite the high state of tension in the area, it transpired that there was no reason for the police operation as it was nothing more than a false alarm. No one has been taken into police custody as a result of the incident.
However, there is a reason why the police in Barcelona are taking threats to the Sagrada Familia seriously. It has been revealed that the devastating terrorist attacks on the city last month which claimed the lives of sixteen people were intended to be much larger. In addition to the two vehicle ramming attacks in the vibrant commercial area of Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, it is thought that the terrorists were also planning to plant a bomb in the famous church. These plans never came to pass as the bomb prematurely detonated at the safe house of the ISIS cell in the town of Alcanar. Given that the terrorist organisation missed their opportunity to attack the iconic landmark and the people who worship there, authorities are concerned that they may wish to strike at the Sagrada Familia again at some point in the future.