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Spain Terror Attacks Kill 13, Injure Over 100: All You Need To Know

The Logical Indian Crew

August 18th, 2017

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At least two terror attacks occurred in Spain on Thursday, August 17, 2017. They happened in Barcelona and Cambrils. A third incident, a house explosion in Alcanar, is currently being investigated for being linked with the other two attacks.

The attacks have claimed at least 14 lives and injured over 100. These numbers are slated to rise as the hours pass.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.



Attack in Barcelona

At about 5 pm local time on Thursday, a white Fiat van veered off the road and into a crowd outside the Plaça de Catalunya Metro Station.


The van continued down the pedestrian concourse in Las Ramblas, a popular area in the heart of Barcelona, for more than 500 metres while crashing into pedestrians until it hit a newspaper kiosk.



The driver of the van reportedly ran away from the scene after the vehicle finally crashed into a newspaper kiosk.

13 people have been confirmed to have died in the Las Ramblas terror attack. Around 100 people were injured and, according to The Guardian, at least 15 of them have been injured seriously.

Two men have been arrested – including Driss Oukabir, who was initially suspected of being the driver – but police have now said neither man was behind the wheel. They remain in custody while the search for the driver continues.


Attack in Cambrils



A port city with a population of 33,000, Cambrils is around 120km from Barcelona.

Police in Cambrils said they killed an unknown number of suspects during a counter-terrorism raid after the van attack in Barcelona, became the site of the second terror attack to hit Spain on the same day.

Nine hours after the Barcelona attack, it came to light that a second terror attack was underway in Cambrils.

Police shot dead four suspects; a fifth, who was injured and arrested, has since died.

Six bystanders were wounded, one critically and another seriously, in what authorities said was a possible terror attack. A police officer was also lightly injured in the counter-terror operation.



Explosion in Alcanar

An explosion occurred the night before the Barcelona attack in the town of Alcanar. It flattened a building and killed a woman.

Police say that it was initially thought to be the result of a gas leak but they are now linking it to the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.



Reactions

World leaders came together to condemn the terror attacks and confirmed solidarity with Spail, unequivocally condemning terrorism.







Several famous building all over the world have lit up to show their support for the people of Spain. New York City’s One World Trade centre was lit up in the colours of Spain’s flag, red and yellow while the Eiffel Tower turned off its lights in support of Barcelona.




https://twitter.com/AviMayer/status/898275184569851905





 

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