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Police lock down Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, send bomb squad

Police lock down Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, send bomb squad”

Catalan police have evacuated the iconic Sagrada Familia church in central Barcelona in an anti-terrorism operation, Reuters reports.

The area around the building has been evacuated.

Specialist bomb disposal experts have been sent to the area to check a van, police said.

Several roads have also been closed.

Twitter user @davealenn was in the metro station next to the Sagrada Familia when he and his fellow passengers were moved out by police.

"Follow the instructions of police".

Eyewitnesses reported armed police looking through bins, as they told shopkeepers to close their businesses.

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.

The Sagrada Familia was one of the targets eyed by the terror cell that ultimately attacked the city's Ramblas and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils on August 17.



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