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Novelty buckle sparks fear at major Spanish railway stations

IANS  |  Barcelona (Spain) 

A novelty belt designed in the style of a hand grenade prompted to evacuate passengers from major railway stations in and in on Wednesday after the suspicious object was detected inside a item by security scanners, authorities said.

in Catalonia ordered passengers off two high-speed trains at Barcelona's Sants railway station at around 8 a.m. and bomb disposal units were dispatched to the scene amid suspicions that a female passenger travelling to Madrid's was carrying an in her baggage, reports news.

It transpired that the owner of the military-inspired accessory managed to board the train in and was intercepted just after 10 a.m. upon her arrival in Madrid, where ordered the partial evacuation of the - which serves long-distance and - as a precaution.

"Our agents carried out relevant checks at the in and it turns out to be a false alarm," the later said in a statement on "Everything has returned to normal."

One high-speed train destined for and another for were evacuated during the security operation in

The Mossos published an image of the scanned item in which the grenade-shaped belt was clearly visible.

Spain's terror alert has been at set at the second-highest level in since 2015.

In August 2017, 16 people were killed in terror attacks in Catalonia.

On the afternoon of August 17, a 22-year-old assailant ran a van into pedestrians on the city's iconic tree-lined La Rambla mall, killing 15 and injuring over 100 more in an attack allegedly inspired by the

It was the bloodiest terror attack on Spanish soil since the coordinated bombing attack at the Atocha train station that on March 11, 2004 killed 193 people.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 18:42 IST