Police in Barcelona said they had cordoned off the Sagrada Familia cathedral and a bomb squad were conducting checks on a van parked in the area as part of an anti-terrorist operation on Tuesday evening. Telegraph said
Several streets were sealed off and the Sagrada Familia metro station closed, as police searched the area around the iconic landmark.
The Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
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.
It was reported earlier today that Catalan police were on high alert following a warning via the Spanish intelligence centre CITCO that five jihadists were intending to attack Europe. El Periódico said no target had been mentioned in the warning.
All streets around Sagrada Familia are blocked and police are moving everyone out of the area. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/W0qsMcEnhp— cătălin codrean (@ccodrean) September 12, 2017