Terrorist shocks Barcelona and leave dozen dead and hundred injured
August 18, 2017

Terrorist shocks Barcelona and leave dozen dead and hundred injured

Shock attack, believed terrorist incidents, happened Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, left more than a dozen people dead hundred others injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona violence.


Police in Spain are in the midst of a police operation that is "under control" about 90 minutes south of Barcelona in the town of Cambrils, following a "possible terrorist attack," local officials said early Friday morning.

Five "terrorists" were killed in the operation, police said. Initially officials said four people were injured and one person was wounded and detained.

Josep Lluis Trapero, a senior Catalan police official, told reporters that two men were arrested in connection with the attack, a Moroccan national and a Spanish citizen from the enclave of Melilla. The driver is still thought to be at large, he said.

A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil, Spain’s national police force, told ABC News the man who rented the van has been identified as Driss Oukabir. Police confirmed that Oukabir is one of the detained individuals.

An eyewitness told a Spanish television station that the driver of the van ran people over for nearly 1,000 feet before fleeing into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

The witness said the suspect had something in his hand but he could not tell what it was.

Police said there is no proof that the man who left the car was armed but described the incident as a terror attack that attempted to kill as many people as possible.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expressed solidarity with the victims and their families, describing the attack as "jihadist terrorism."

Those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice, Rajoy said, stressing that the response to the terrorism needs to be global.

Barcelona residents are suffering "the same pain and the same uncertainty" as their neighbors in Madrid, Paris, Nice, Brussels and London, Rajoy said.

Forn declared three days of mourning, and a moment of silence will be held on Friday at noon local time at the Plaza de Catalunya, Forn said. The king of Spain, Felipe VI, will be present for the moment of silence, the palace's official Twitter account announced.


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