Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

14 civilians, five terrorists die in Spain's twin attacks

14 civilians, five terrorists die in Spain's twin attacks

On Friday, a van was driven down the tourist-packed Las Ramblas in Barcelona - swerving to hit as many people as possible. Police have since said he may be among several suspects killed in the hours since the mayhem started.

Spanish police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in one of two deadly attacks in Catalonia carried out by a network of suspected militants.

According to the Barcelona-based paper La Vanguardia, the attackers' Audi A3 ran down three people before smashing into a police auto stationed at a checkpoint.

Four other attackers who are in police custody are three Moroccans and one Spaniard, according to authorities.

Another three people have been identified but are still at large.

Hours after a van drove erratically through Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas district Thursday afternoon, killing more than a dozen people and injuring more than 100, a auto plowed people down near the Cambrils boardwalk, killing at least one woman.

Six terrorists were killed either during or after the attacks, although there is still some confusion over whether the van attacker in Barcelona, is among them, said the ministry. Trapero said police believed the terror cell had been planning at least two attacks in the house in Alacanar.

The State Department announced Friday that one American was killed and another was injured in the attack. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Officers believe that the two attacks are related to an explosion at a house in Alcanar the previous day.

One of the suspects involved in the Barcelona attack was found dead in a auto three kilometers from where police officers tried to stop him by firing at the vehicle he was in.

The group had apparently planned to conduct a series of terrorist attacks in Barcelona, with a suspect mistakenly detonating an explosive and destroying the residence, police said. They say it is jihadi terrorism.

Meanwhile, Catalonian emergency services said the number of people wounded in the Barcelona attack and in another attack in the resort city of Cambrils has risen to 130.

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