March 20, 2020 / 9:44 AM / 21 days ago

Two Albanians smash car into Barcelona airport with Islamist cries

MADRID (Reuters) - Two Albanian men were arrested after crashing a car into the interior of Barcelona airport’s Terminal 1 early on Friday morning yelling “Islamist-type” slogans, but there were no injuries, officials said.

Barcelona’s airport is nearly empty, as are airports across Spain, because of a partial lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus epidemic.

The police bomb squad Tedax confirmed there were no explosives in the car.

Regional police tweeted a picture of a grey car inside the terminal, with all its doors open and two officers, one with a dog, checking it.

“When they were detained, they made an Islamist-type proclamation and we do not know yet what their intention was,” regional police chief Eduard Sallent told a news conference.

In August 2017, militant Islamists used a van to hit pedestrians in central Barcelona and carried out a follow-up attack, killing 16.

Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Writing by Nathan Allen and Ingrid Melander; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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