Barcelona Attack: 13 Killed and 100 Injured After Van Plows Into Crowd

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UPDATED: A van plowed into dozens of pedestrians in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district on Thursday.

Authorities said 13 people have died and 100 others have been injured after a white van jumped the sidewalk and crashed into a crowd. That death toll could rise, as at least 15 of the people hurt were seriously injured.

Hours later, a linked attack was carried out in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, by five assailants who were shot dead by police. A woman died of her injuries. The suspected driver in Thursday’s Barcelona attack, 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir, was named on Friday afternoon as one of the five men killed by police.

Authorities also said they are treating the Barcelona incident as a terror attack. “We confirm the terrorist attack,” Catalan police said. “The protocol for terrorist attacks has been activated.” The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the incident.

President Donald Trump condemned the terror attack in a tweet on Thursday.

“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!” he wrote.

“The United States condemns this terror attack and we will do whatever is necessary to help,” Vice President Mike Pence later added during a press conference.

Two suspects have been arrested thus far, Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia, said. According to Spanish newspaper El Periodico, at least one of the suspects had been hiding in the Turkish restaurant Luna de Istanbul in the center of the city.

More than two hours after the first attack, Catalan police said a car ran over two officers at a highway checkpoint near Barcelona. It’s still unclear whether the incident was related to the attack on Las Ramblas.

And police shot dead five terrorist suspects in Cambrils early Friday after a car drove into a small group of seven people, killing one. According to police reports, the suspects were wearing explosive belts and were linked to the first Barcelona attack.

Witnesses to the initial attack in Las Ramblas said the van zigzagged down the busy Barcelona tourist destination — at the height of vacation season — mowing people down and leaving bloodied bodies sprawled on the ground as other pedestrians scrambled, in panic, toward safety.

Resident Keith Fleming told the Associated Press that he was watching TV when he heard a noise, looked out of his balcony, and “saw women and children just running, and they looked terrified.”

“I heard screams and a bit of a crash, and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas, and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that,” another eyewitness, Tom Gueller, told the BBC.

The tragedy follows other similar terrorist attacks across Europe, many of which involved the use of vehicles. Most recently, a man drove a car into pedestrians, killing four people, on London’s Westminster Bridge on March 22. Similar attacks have killed more than 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London, and Stockholm in the last year.

Thursday’s attack was Spain’s deadliest since 2004, when bombers killed 192 people in Madrid.

Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell contributed to this report.

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  1. ............. says:

    Van kills people.

    Gun kills Lincoln.

    Tanks invade Poland.

    Gas kills Jews.

  2. Rudy Mario says:

    Needless to say, the religion of peace at work. All we need is a sympathetic pro Islamic article by lefties and Democrats on how misunderstood the jihadis are. Time to wheel out the token moslem writer for a sympathetic article blaming the tourists of Barcelona for inciting the religion of peace.

  3. Alex Meyer says:

    How awful.

    • ghorius@hotmail.com says:

      your christian “religion of peace” is responsible for the murder of millions of indigenous peoples worldwide, not a single muslim perpetrator in the past 500 years. point fingers all you want; there are a hundred pointing back at you. all historical fact.

  4. Jason From says:

    Ah but people ( all Lefties) like Londons Mayor Khan says we have to get used to daily outrages as normal events as part of us being enriched by diversity and EU membership. According to Khan and other lefties like Corbyn, Merkel, Hollande etc its a small price to pay for the EU to exist.

  5. Cecil B da Mill says:

    When I see innocent people in Spain being chewed up by Islam I want to put my foot through the TV.

  6. Cecil B da Mill says:

    I still want open borders unless I am personally affected. I learned all I need to know on 9/11. Shut down all mosques and bulldoze them. Islam is incapable and unwilling to policing their own. B H is loaded with this vermin and enough is enough. They bought their way in and they can take every last nickle with them on the way out. Enough murder disrespect and abuse. Wasn’t long ago that piece of shit in the Ferrari was racing through the BH streets at 100 MPH got on a plane and went back to his sand palace. Islamaphobia? I’m way past it!!

  7. Alan says:

    And these stories relate to the entertainment industry in what way?

  8. Van Borja says:

    This was a high class agent (spy) in pursuit of this Driss guy. It has to do nothing with Terrorism, thats why Catalonian Mayor had to give a press conference. The van was in reality running away from the undercover agent. I am sorry for the dead and the injured such an atrocity should never happen. The Goverment failed to do subtle operation.

  9. Hiosser says:

    Still want open borders?

    • The Truth says:

      You numb nuts have no idea what the nationality of the perpetrator is. Regardless, isolationism is not the path to a more peaceful and secure world.

      • Jason From says:

        Time to light some candles, Tweet some hashtags and blame Donald Trump

      • Zero Doubt says:

        Show me where the mainstream media is sharing images of the dead Western European children and babies from today’s attack. You won’t see them nor will you even hear any mention of it (unless you get your news from independent journalists). But they will take the dead Syrian children and shove them down our throats for days on end every chance they get. Ask yourself WHY. What’s their agenda? The pleasant dreams are over. Welcome to reality. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP.

      • Sean says:

        “The Truth” ….is you are a moron.

      • Zero Doubt says:

        The Truth: Just saw the first photo of perpetrator. THE USUAL SUSPECT.

        Open a book and read some history. You’re in denial and being lied to by your liberal media who has a strong superiority complex over their chosen oppressed.

      • Quarto says:

        Oh. wise one, ‘The Truth’ tell us how to run the world and who to accept? How do we make the world a peaceful and more secure place, letting lunatics into the country unchecked. (Friggin’ idiot)

    • Frank says:

      Globalists. The biggest morons.
      They are Greed mongers that have no regard for life, only money.
      Money is their god, created by evil.

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