Terrorists Reportedly Intended to Attack Barcelona's Camp Nou in August 2017

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2018

Barcelona and Betis players and the referee mix together for a photo before observing a minute of silence for the victims of the van attacks before a La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Security was stepped up for the match after a terror attack that killed 14 people and wounded over 120 in Barcelona and police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect at large following the vehicle attack. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Terrorists who committed an attack in Barcelona on Las Ramblas on 17 August were also reportedly seeking to attack the Camp Nou three days later.

According to El Periodico (h/t AS), the Jihadist cell wanted to initiate a number of attacks three days on from the events on Las Ramblas, including one at the match between Barcelona and Real Betis.

It's said that detectives looking into the case found evidence on the phone of one of the cell members—Mohammed Hichamy—including research into match schedules, stadium access and photos of the iconic venue too.

"It is very possible that they wanted to attempt the same as the attackers in Paris that attacked the Saint Denis stadium in the middle of the match of French national team," a source told El Periodico, making reference to the terrorist attacks on the Stade de France in November 2015 during France's game with Germany.

It's added that the owner of an official Barcelona store reported that at least two members of the cell had been in the shop buying merchandise.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 20:  Barcelona players observe a minute's silence in memory of victims of the terrorist attack in Barcelona during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou on August 20, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

As noted by BBC Sport, players at the match remembered those who had died in the attack in the Catalan capital, while additional security measures were put in place on the day.

Supporters chanted "We are not afraid" during the game, and a banner among the 56,480 fans in attendance read "No-one can ever break us."

The attack in Las Ramblas saw a van driver kill 13 people and injure many more after driving the vehicle into crowds.

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