Security forces in Barcelona have launched a manhunt for a possible terror suspect reportedly planning an attack in the Las Ramblas area of the city during the holidays. A heightened security presence has been reported as of Monday, December 24. The US Consulate General in Barcelona issued a security alert on Sunday, December 23, advising all US citizens to exercise caution along Las Ramblas. A heightened security presence, including possible identity checkpoints, and associated transportation disruptions are anticipated in Barcelona in the coming days.
In August 2017, a van plowed through crowds on the Las Ramblas pedestrian street of Barcelona. Around eight hours later, a car drove into pedestrians in the coastal resort town of Cambrils. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Individuals present in Barcelona are advised to exercise caution and report any suspicious behavior or objects to the relevant authorities.
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