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Barcelona's world-famous cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, and the surrounding streets were evacuated and cordoned off by the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) this Tuesday evening. After bomb disposal experts conducted a search it was confirmed to be a false alarm.

Translation: Bomb disposal have finished their checks around the Sagrada Familia and it's a false alarm. The situation is returning to normal.

 

Barcelona's world-famous cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, and the surrounding streets were evacuated and cordoned off by the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) this Tuesday evening. The Mossos announced via their Twitter account that this was part of an anti-terror operation they'd been carrying out in Barcelona and the surrounding area.  A suspicious van driving near the cathedral had raised alarms. Reports suggested an alert was received from French intelligence services.

Units of the Mossos, the Urban Guard, the firefighters and ambulances attended the scene. Later, TEDAX (Technical Specialists in the Deactivation of Explosive Artefacts) were activated. At least one person was taken away in handcuffs.

Carrers Provença, Rosselló and Sardenya were closed off for the agents to do their work. The two metro lines that serve Sagrada Familia station, L-2 (purple) and L-5 (blue), stopped stopping at the station. The police recommended travellers look for alternative roots.

Translation: As part of an anti-terror operation we're carrying out checks around the Sagrada Familia. We've cordoned off the area. Follow agents' instructions.

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