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Grenade-shaped belt buckle halts trains in Madrid, Barcelona

AP  |  Madrid 

A hand grenade-shaped belt in the suitcase of a passenger triggered major disruptions Wednesday on in Spain's two main cities, prompting station evacuations before police declared the incident a

An with Spain's said the alert was ended after agents in confirmed that the suspicious object in the suitcase of a female passenger who had travelled on a high-speed from didn't pose any danger.

The was not authorised to be named in

"Everything returns to normal," said the in a brief tweet explaining that disruptions in the long-distance and commuter stations in the Spanish capital had been due to the

The search in the capital followed police searching high-speed trains and railway tracks in the country's second largest city, Barcelona, after the central Sants station's security scanner identified an object shaped like a inside a suitcase.

According to the police in the Catalonia region which tweeted an image of the scanned suitcase, the object turned out to be a belt

Spain's managing company, ADIF, which handles security in train stations, didn't immediately respond to questions about why the suspicious case was allowed onto the train.

An at the scene in saw long queues of passengers waiting for rail traffic to resume.

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

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 18:50 IST