The reports previously stated police had started evacuating the church and nearby shops, as well as conducting checks near the popular tourist site as an anti-terrorism operation.
— Catalan News (@catalannews) September 12, 2017
Catalan had sent in bomb squads to check the van.
— Dak (@dak2zeke) September 12, 2017
— cătălin codrean (@ccodrean) September 12, 2017
Nearby metro stations were also shuttered during local law enforcement's investigation as residents were initially urged to stay clear of the area.
— News_Executive (@News_Executive) September 12, 2017
Though construction for the infamous church first began in 1882, Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece has since become the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church. According to chief architect Jordi Fauli, the basilicia is on track to be finished by 2026, at which time six additional towers will be added.