Spanish media have reported that a planned terrorist attack on Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium last summer was uncovered by police.
According to El Periodico, the Jihadist cell that carried out the attacks in the city’s Las Ramblas and Cambrils areas on August 17, 2017, intended to launce a further attack three days later at the Camp Nou, during the opening game of the La Liga season between Barcelona and Real Betis.
Police investigating the alleged attacks have found numerous indications that the terrorists were plotting the attack on Barca’s home ground, with searches for information relating to match schedules and stadium access on the mobile phone of Mohammed Hichamy, a member of the terrorist cell.
The newspaper quotes a source close to the investigation as saying that “it is very possible they wanted to attempt the same thing as happened in Paris when the Saint Denis stadium was attacked in the middle of a match featuring the France national team”.
In addition, the owner of a Barcelona souvenir store in the Catalan capital told El Periodico that he had recognised two members of the group in his shop buying club products, possibly in an attempt to pass themselves off as Barca fans entering the stadium.