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Tight security in Spain for the Three Kings

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP
Tight security in Spain for the Three Kings

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>Security is tight in place in Spain for the feast of the Three Kings.</p> <p>The country’s Interior Ministry announced tighter security measures on Wednesday due to the risk of a terrorist attack.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Madrid imposes ban on large trucks and buses for two days from 3 January: <a href="https://t.co/7yzQbtPhaB">https://t.co/7yzQbtPhaB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Spain?src=hash">#Spain</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/security?src=hash">#security</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/terrorism?src=hash">#terrorism</a> <a href="https://t.co/bcDEoWLJ5C">pic.twitter.com/bcDEoWLJ5C</a></p>— El País in English (@elpaisinenglish) <a href="https://twitter.com/elpaisinenglish/status/815822506414272513">January 2, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The details</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Spain is on a level 4 security alert out of a possible 5.</p> <p>The Interior Ministry has not given details of the level of policing mobilised.</p> <h3><strong>Large vehicles banned</strong></h3> <p>Vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes have been banned from the centres of Madrid and Barcelona.</p> <p>The route of the parade in Madrid is three kilometres long.</p> <p>In Barcelona, an estimated 650,000 people are expected along a five-kilometre route.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Madrid on max alert for terror attack at Three Kings Parade tonight. 800 police to guard route & vehicles over 3500kg not allowed in city.</p>— Pablo Foley Elias (@pablofoleyelias) <a href="https://twitter.com/pablofoleyelias/status/816997065393840129">January 5, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The context</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>12 people were killed in December when a lorry deliberately ploughed into the crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin.</p> <p>86 people died in the French city of Nice last July in a similar attack.</p> <p>Both were claimed by <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.</p> <p>Concern has been heightened in Spain since the discovery on the 30th of December of a video of suspected jihadists in the centre of Madrid.</p> <p>Two Spanish nationals were arrested and later released.</p> <p>191 people died in March 2004 when militants planted bombs on trains at Madrid’s Atocha station. </p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The Three Kings</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>The parade of the Three Kings on January the 5th in Spain is an important, post-Christmas festival.</p> <p>Thousands turn out for the parades of coloured floats. Sweets are thrown to the crowds.</p> <p>It is followed on January the 6th by the feast of the Epiphany.</p> <br /> <br />