Barcelona's Sagrada Familia on lockdown - police carry out anti-terror operation

Anti-terror cops have swooped on Sagrada Familia

Anti-terror cops have swooped on Sagrada Familia

"It is a false alarm".

Several roads have also been closed.

Specialist bomb disposal experts have been sent to the area, reportedly to investigate a suspicious package inside a van parked close to the church.

Police said on Twitter they had cordoned off the house of God and requested that individuals stay away from the territory while the operation is completed.

ABC Catalonia reported the police received a warning prompting the evacuation of the cathedral.

However, an hour after arriving at the scene, the Mossos d'Esquadra confirmed there was no threat of a terrorist attack.

Spanish media is reporting that two people have been arrested in connection with the operation.

Last month, 13 people were killed when an Islamist militant drove a van into pedestrians in the city.

Sagrada Familia was the intended target of the terror attack.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

One of the survivors told the judge a judge that the cell's initial plan was to strike monuments and churches in Barcelona.

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