Spanish police evacuate airport following bomb threat

Spanish police evacuated Ibiza airport on Saturday and destroyed a suspicious item following what appeared to be a hoax bomb threat, the Interior Ministry said.

Spanish police evacuate airport following bomb threat
Spanish police evacuated Ibiza airport on Saturday and destroyed a suspicious item following what appeared to be a hoax bomb threat, the Interior Ministry said.

After the evacuation, police found two suspicious items including a shoe box and a rucksack in the airport's car parking area, the ministry said.

Police destroyed the rucksack. The shoe box was searched by a remote-controlled robot and found to be empty.

Hours later, a spokeswoman for the country's airport authority said the airport reopened. Around 13,000 travelers were affected by the airport's temporary closure, she said.

Incoming flights were diverted to other airports or were kept circling during the closure, she said. Ibiza is one of Spain's best-known holiday destinations.

The telephoned warning was received by Basque newspaper Gara, which the Basque separatist group ETA often uses as a conduit for bomb warnings.

The telephone threat was made weeks after ETA called off a ceasefire with the Spanish government, denouncing the government for refusing to make concessions in the peace process.

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