13 killed and 100 injured in Barcelona terror attack

Police have arrested at least two suspects after a van was used to kill at least 12 people in a terrorist attack in Barcelona city centre.

A white van mounted the pavement of Las Ramblas, the main tourist area in the city, and struck dozens of people, police said.

Islamic State has said it was responsible for the attack, according to the AMAQ newsagency.

Catalan authorities have confirmed that at least 13 people have died and at least 100 have been injured.

One social media video post showed bodies strewn across the pavement for several hundred metres along the famous street

AFP reported that a Belgian was among the dead.

A statement put out by the AMAQ news agency said: “The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states.”

One TV station said two armed men entered a Turkish restaurant and took hostages, but the interior ministry denied this.

Police initially said they were looking for a man of 5ft 5ins (1.7m) in height, wearing a white shirt with blue stripes.

The van used in atrocity is said to be a Fiat, that was hired from an address in Santa Perpetua Of the Mogoda, about five miles north of the city.

Police have identified a suspect they name as Driss Oukabir. A Facebook account says he is from Marseilles and lives in Ripoll, Catalonia, about 50 miles north of Barcelona.

Catalonia’s interior ministry said two people have been arrested, but the investigation is ongoing.


Source: sky

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