19th October 2020
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‘Medium’ credibility alert of terror attack in Barcelona

The Catalan police, Mossos d’Esquadra, has received an alert of a possible terror attack in Barcelona which gives ‘medium’ credibility, according to the Catalan News Agency.

According to the local newspaper El Periódico, this alert claims that an individual might try to run over people with a coach or similar on 25 December, Christmas Day, in the Catalan capital.
The Mossos have passed the information to Barcelona’s local police, Guàrdia Urbana, but the terrorist alert in the country stays at level 4 out of 5. This alert coincide with a message issued by the US Consulate General in Barcelona telling American citizens to ‘exercise heightened caution around areas of vehicle movement, including buses, in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona’.
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A Spanish policeman stands guard on La Rambla boulevard on 18 August 2017 a day after a van ploughed into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring over 100 in Barcelona. (Javier Soriano / AFP)
That is, the city’s most iconic boulevard, which already experienced an islamist terror attack on 17 August 2017.
‘Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public areas.  U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security,’ adds the message.
On Monday morning, the Catalan home affairs minister, Miquel Buch, said that the Catalan police receive similar alerts now and then and this is only ‘one more’, with the difference that the US has made it public.

Buch also said that the Catalan law enforcement will intensify the preventive anti-terrorist patrol.

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