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Two vehicle terrorist attacks in Barcelona
CTB News: 17/08/2017 - 16:51
13 people have died and dozens injured after two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.
On 17 August, a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's popular Ramblas tourist area, killing 13 and injuring at least 80 more citizens.
The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that it was a terrorist attack, with some Spanish media revealing at the time that two armed men entered a Turkish restaurant shortly after the attack took place, with gunfire in the area.
Two people had been arrested, though not the driver of the van.
In the early hours of the 18 August, Spanish police killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack. With police saying that the attacks were linked, seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them, before quickly fired upon the attackers. Controlled explosions were then carried out.
It is now being reported that the attack vehicle was a rented van, similar to terrorist attack on London Bridge. A photo of a man, named as Driss Oubakir and believed to be in his 20s, has been released by the police. He is alleged to have rented the van, although reports are now saying that documents were stolen.
Vehicles have been used to ram into crowds across Europe in the last year, most notably in Nice, Stockholm and Berlin, and more recently on Westminster and London Bridges.
ISIS has claimed that the attack was carried out by 'Islamic State soldiers', although it won't be until further police investigations have been conducted that this can be seen as true.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I am sickened by the senseless loss of life in Barcelona. The Foreign Office is working to establish if any British nationals were involved in this appalling incident and we are in close contact with the authorities in Spain, who have our full support. Following the attacks in Manchester and London, Spain stood alongside the British people. Britain stands with Spain against the evil of terrorism."
In news connected to the attack, the Spanish police force has revealed that two police officers were run over in Barcelona at a check point earlier in the day.