Madrid rail station evacuated over suspicious package

8th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

Spanish police evacuated a busy metro and commuter railway station in Madrid on Thursday during the evening rush hour after a suspicious package was found, a police spokeswoman said.

The package was located at one of the entrances to the Nuevos Ministerios station, which serves three lines of Madrid's metro system as well as six regional commuter railway lines, just before 6.00 pm (1700 GMT), the spokeswoman said.

"The station was evacuated and police are investigating," she said without giving more details.

Services on some stations of the three lines which pass through Nuevos Ministerios station, one of Madrid's busiest, were partially disrupted, a Madrid metro system spokesman said.

Spain on Wednesday upgraded its anti-terrorist security level a notch on Wednesday, hours after an attack on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 dead.

Earlier on Wednesday police ordered the evacuation of 300 staff at the offices of the El Pais daily after a man delivered a suspect package around two hours after the Paris attack.

Security guards became suspicious because the man refused to take the package to a rear entrance and insisted on leaving it at the main entrance.

But staff were allowed back into the building after police determined the package was not dangerous.

Last week Madrid's Atocha station, the scene of the worst terror attack in Spanish history, was evacuated after a false alert when a man threatened to blow himself up.

Police said a man claiming to be carrying a bomb in his backpack was arrested, but nothing was found.

Islamist militants killed 191 people and injured nearly 2,000 in a series of coordinated backpack bomb attacks on trains travelling to the station on March 11, 2004, that became known as the 11-M attacks.

© 2015 AFP

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