Authorities in Barcelona have reopened the city’s main station after two trains were evacuated in order to allow police to search for possible explosives in a suspicious suitcase.
The Mossos d’Esquadra regional police said the explosives unit was activated at the high-speed railway tracks of Barcelona’s central Sants station after a security scanner identified an object shaped like a possible explosive device inside a suitcase at 8am on Wednesday.
Passengers on two trains on tracks three and four were forced to get out and Tedex, the Spanish team which organises personnel trained in bomb disposal, were alerted.
Two trains were searched, said a Mossos d’Esquadra spokesperson who was not allowed to be identified by name in media reports. She added agents following security protocol ordered the evacuation of the station while they carried out the checks.
More than an hour later, the Spanish train infrastructure management company ADIF announced on Twitter that the station was resuming normal operations.
Long queues of passengers waiting for rail traffic to resume could be seen at the station.
Sants is Barcelona’s main station, with high-speed trains serving destinations in France and across Spain, including the Costa Blanca.