Barcelona cathedral anti-terror operation a false alarm

The landmark Sagrada Familia cathedral has been evacuated.
The landmark Sagrada Familia cathedral has been evacuated. Photo credit: Getty

The police force of Catalonia has confirmed the Barcelona scare was a false alarm.

On Tuesday evening (local time) the landmark Sagrada Familia cathedral was evacuated amid an anti-terror operation.

Several streets were closed off as explosive experts checked a van in the area.

However, Mossos - the official police force in the region - tweeted that the scare was a false alarm, and the situation has returned to normal. 

Spain has maintained its anti-terrorism security warning one level below the maximum since the middle of 2015.

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