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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Catalan police say Sagrada Familia bomb scare was false alarm

A bomb scare at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia has been declared a false alarm

The "Sagrada Familia" basilica in Barcelona, which was temporarily evacuated after a van parked nearby prompted a bomb scare
The "Sagrada Familia" basilica in Barcelona, which was temporarily evacuated after a van parked nearby prompted a bomb scare

Catalan police declared a false alarm on Tuesday following a bomb scare that had led agents to cordon off Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church and send in a bomb squad to check a parked van.

Police said on Twitter that there had been no arrests as a result of the incident and that the area had returned to normal.

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Barcelona was hit by attacks last month when militant Islamists drove a van down the city's Las Ramblas boulevard and carried out a follow-up attack in a nearby resort town, killing 16 people in total.

The Sagrada Familia, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year.