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Two arrested as car drives through Barcelona airport Terminal 1 building

Police rule out terrorism as motive for incident after reports said one detainee made "Islamist" proclamation

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20 March 2020 10:55 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan police have ruled out terrorism as the motive behind an incident in the early hours of Friday morning in which a car was driven through the foyer of the T1 terminal at Barcelona airport.

The incident occurred at around 5am on Friday morning, and resulted in the arrest of two people, with Chief Commissioner Eduard Sallent confirming that one of the detainees made an "Islamist" proclamation. 

"At the moment, no hypothesis can be ruled out," said interior minister Miquel Buch at a news conference. However, later in the day, terrorism was dismissed as a motive for the incident. 

The detainees, both of Albanian nationality and with no known history of radicalization, left the vehicle after entering the foyer and moved into a restricted area, where they were stopped and detained.

It was reported that the "quick reaction" of police officers meant that the two men were arrested with "no harm to anyone." It was later revealed that one of the men tested positive for drugs.

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  • Image of the car used to enter a restricted area in Barcelona airport (by Àlex Recolons)

  • Image of the car used to enter a restricted area in Barcelona airport (by Àlex Recolons)

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