Train Service Restored At Barcelona Station After Possible Explosive

Train Service Restored At Barcelona Station After Possible Explosive

The alarm was raised at Barcelona's main railway station, Sants, where the woman was boarding a train to Madrid.

Catalonia's police intially said on Twitter on Wednesday that they have closed two train lines in the Barcelona station of Sants de Barcelona after activating an anti-explosive team.

Police in Barcelona said they were advised by security personnel in the city's main Sants station that "they had seen by scan an object that could be an explosive artefact", a spokesperson told AFP. "TEDAX activate", the Catalan police had tweeted.

A photograph released by the force appeared to show the outline of a hand grenade in a suitcase.

The rail operator Adif later said that Madrid's Atocha station was also being evacuated on the orders of the state security agencies, but police said this was a false alarm.

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Spain's National Police stood down the alert after agents in Madrid confirmed the suspicious object didn't pose any danger. "The police operation is over and everything is back to normal".

Asked why the suspicious case was allowed on the train, the company that manages Spain's railway infrastructure and oversees train station security said that it had opened an internal investigation.

A bomb attack in 2004 at Atocha station killed 191 people.

A homegrown extremist cell killed 16 people in August past year in Barcelona and a nearby coastal resort in consecutive vehicle and knife attacks that were later claimed by the Islamic State group.

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