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Spain raises terror alert level for royal fest

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Spain raises terror alert level for royal fest
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16:42 CEST+02:00
Spain has bumped up its terror alert level for the upcoming enthronment of Prince Felipe as Spain's new king, the country's interior ministry said on Thursday.

The ministry has increased the alert status from the current level 2 to level 3 in the lead-up to the enthronement, expected to take place around June 19th.

The highest alert level in Spain is 4.

The move will see measures such as tighter controls of aerospace over Madrid. Special police squads will also patrol the area around the national parliament and along the route of the royal parade, Spain's ABC newspaper reported.   

The interior minstry said deployment will be similar to that seen at the royal wedding between Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia ten years ago. But the government also said the situation was now less tense given that the Basque terror group Eta was no longer active.

The royal wedding also took place just months after the Madrid train bombings in which 191 people died. 

In related news, Spain's Director General of Police Ignacio Cosidó on Thursday said anarchist terrorm had "taken root" in Spain.  Citing a thwarted 2013 attack in Zaragoza Cathedral, he said this form of terrorism was a "priority for the police".

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