- The busy Lesseps station was evacuated after acid found on two separate trains
- Highly pungent liquid, believed to be hydrochloric acid, also found at local stop
- Catalonian police have already found CCTV footage of two potential suspects
- At this stage it is being treated as vandalism – but nothing is being ruled out
Police were forced to evacuate a metro station in central Barcelona after ACID was found on two separate trains and a third at a local stop.
At this stage, they are treating the incidents as potential vandalism although nothing has been ruled out until a full investigation is completed.
One train driver had to be taken to hospital for treatment to irritant eyes after he came close to the substance.
CCTV footage of two potential suspects have already been found by Los Mossos who closed the busy Lesseps station, leading to service interruptions and cancellations.
Sealed off: The busy Lesseps station was evacuated after acid was found on two separate trains
Evacuation: Police can be seen tying off the station as people are kept out
It is believed the liquid is hydrochloric acid which is corrosive and highly pungent.
The acid was found in two separate in the driver’s cab but ones facing in the opposite direction to the ones where the drivers were on arrival at the station.
One was found at 4.30pm, the other half an hour later, on Friday. Trains were back to normal for this weekend.
The station management immediately called in the police who ordered the closure of the station, given the Level 4 terrorist alert in Spain at the moment following the Barcelona atrocities.
As a precautionary mesasure, the TEDEX bomb squad was called in to rule out the presence of explosive devices.
An empty container which probably originally contained the acid was also found at the Fontana metro stop.
As a precautionary mesasure, the TEDEX bomb squad was called in to rule out the presence of explosive devices
Videos at the stations have captured the moment when two men threw the green-tinged liquid into the driver’s cab, at a time when trains did not carry passengers.
Los Mossos have taken away samples for analysis.
A spokesman said they did not want anyone to create alarm but they were not ruling out any hypothesis although everything at the moment pointed to vandalism.