The Spanish city of Barcelona went on high terror alert after the US state department issued a travel warning to its citizens this Sunday urging them to take "heightened caution" around vehicles "including buses" in the Las Ramblas area. "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public areas," the US officials said.
The Las Ramblas avenue is the exact same location where in August 2017, Islamic terrorists used a vehicle to drive into a crowd, killing 14 people.
The regional Mossos d'Esquadra police declined to comment directly on the alleged threat, saying only that security had been heightened "as part of a previously arranged anti-terrorist vigilance for the Christmas period," more details have surfaced in the past hours.
Whereas yesterday the Catalonian Interior Minister Miquel Buch also confirmed that the police were "working on this threat. All of the threats are being investigated, this is one more," by now police in Catalonia have specified that they are looking for a Moroccan bus driver who planned to drive a bus or a truck into a crowd.
Mr Buch urged the public however to not immediately jump to conclusions, stating: "We need to be able to live in absolute freedom and normality. If we don't, we are handing them the victory."
It is however the second time in a week’s time that the north African country is in the news in a very bad manner.
Every day of the past week more and more details surfaced of the horrible murder (and decapitation) of two young Scandinavian women in the Atlas mountains. Just this morning, Moroccan authorities confirmed that 5 more people had been arrested, bringing the total to 18 in a week only.
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