Thursday, August 17, 2017

UPDATE- #BarcelonaAttack-13 DEAD, 100 Injured in van attack! [details]

via CNN:

At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a van rammed through crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday in what the Spanish Prime Minister described as a barbaric act of terror.

Eyewitnesses reported scenes of panic and chaos as the van plowed down the renowned Las Ramblas avenue in the early evening. Police said late Thursday that they are looking for the driver of the van.

"The driver abandoned the van and escaped from the area," Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said.
Catalan police were treating the incident as an act of terrorism and sealed off the area. Two suspects -- one from Morocco, one from the Spanish enclave of Melilla -- were arrested, Trapero said.
One suspect was arrested in Alcanar, around 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Barcelona.

In an incident that Trapero said is connected to the attack, one person was killed in an explosion at a house in that city. But Trapero didn't say whether the arrest and explosion were tied to each other.
He did say the victim is Spanish and was not on police radar.
The other suspect was arrested in Ripoll, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of Barcelona and 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Alcanar.
Authorities said 15 of the injured were in serious condition.

Barcelona officials ordered all public events to be canceled, and metro and train stations in the area were closed.

ISIS' media wing, Amaq, said the perpetrators of the Barcelona attack were "soldiers of the Islamic State." However, ISIS has not explicitly claimed responsibility.

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