The National Police activated the anti-terrorist alert this Monday in Alicante: the one known as Circular 50 or protocol in the face of a possible terrorist threat, after the detection of a suspicious briefcase in the vicinity of the Alicante Provincial Council Palace, in the heart of the city. . The events occurred around 7:30 p.m., according to the National Police itself. The anti-terrorist alert was deactivated two hours later, after the Tedax verified that the briefcase did not contain any explosives: it was empty.
At that time, the National Police received a notice from the private security team of the Alicante Provincial Council. He claimed to have found an abandoned briefcase next to the exterior fence of the Palace of the Alicante Provincial Council itself.
Several units of the National Police have traveled to the indicated location. Once there, they verified the existence of the aforementioned briefcase, which appeared to have been abandoned, and proceeded to evacuate and cordon off the area as a preventive measure, given that Spain is currently on Anti-Terrorist Alert 4.
As a preventive measure, they have initiated the protocol contemplated in the aforementioned Circular 50, which dictates, as has been said, the rules that must be followed, among other cases, after the appearance of an alleged suspicious object that could contain a explosive device.
Thus, a double security cordon has been established and notification has been given to the Canine Guide Unit, which has specialized dogs for the location and identification of explosives, as well as to the agents of the Information Brigade and the Tedax of that same brigade.
The canine handlers have not detected any explosives, but for security reasons it has been determined that the Tedax were operating in the area and have finally determined that there was no explosive device in the aforementioned suitcase. It was empty. After 9:30 p.m. this Monday and once the suitcase was removed, normality was restored in the area. All this, according to the National Police.
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