A skyscraper in Madrid that houses the British, Dutch, Australian and Canadian embassies was evacuated on Tuesday after the Australian embassy there received a bomb threat call, the police said.
Spanish National Police have evacuated Madrid skyscraper Torre Espacio, one of the four iconic towers along the Spanish capital’s Paseo de la Castellana avenue.
The Australian embassy said on Twitter that it would "remain closed for the rest of today, Tuesday 16 April, until further notice."
The @AusEmbEsp will remain close for the rest of today, Tuesday 16 April, until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience— Australia in Spain (@AusEmbEsp) April 16, 2019
"We urge any person inside the building or in the vicinity to follow the instructions given out by security personnel", Madrid Municipal Police said on social media.
Traffic has been diverted and pedestrian access cut off along the emblematic upmarket avenue of La Castellana, as it is commonly known.
With a height of 235 metres, the 57-storey Torre Espacio building is one of four skyscrapers that makes up a business park in northern Madrid.
Aside from housing several embassies, the skyscraper is also the home of of Spain's Banking Association (AEB) and the headquarters of big names such as Red Bull and Equifax, taking the building's total occupancy rate to 90 per cent.