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Barcelona Terror Suspects Killed in Second Attack

Barcelona Terror Suspects Killed in Second Attack
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BARCELONA - Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, hours after another in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.

Police said the men were linked to the Barcelona attack, which so-called Islamic State (ISIS) said it had carried out. Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.

Spanish media have named Moussa Oubakir, 18, as the suspect. He is the brother of Driss Oubakir, whose documentation was allegedly used to rent the van involved in the attack.

Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy has condemned what he called a "jihadist attack". He has announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence was held at noon (10:00 GMT) on Friday.
 
Seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them early on Friday, Catalan emergency services said. One person is in a critical condition.

The attackers vehicle overturned and when the men got out they were quickly fired upon by police, media say. One was reportedly brandishing a knife. The men were wearing explosive belts, police said, and a series of controlled explosions was carried out. The belts proved to be fake, Catalan regional head Carles Puigdemont later told local radio.

Police say the situation in Cambrils - a popular seaside resort 110km (68 miles) south-west of Barcelona - is now under control.

And what happened on Las Ramblas? A rented van was driven down Las Ramblas, a popular street in the centre of the city on Thursday afternoon, mowing down tourists and locals.
 
Witnesses said the van deliberately targeted people, weaving from side to side. The driver of the van, believed to be the sole attacker, fled on foot and is still being hunted by police.

Las Ramblas is a central boulevard that runs 1.2 km (0.75 miles) through the centre of Barcelona from the city's Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square) to the Christopher Columbus monument at the seafront.

A businessman from New Orleans, who was just arriving in a taxi in Las Ramblas, said: "I heard a crowd screaming. It sounded like they were screaming for a movie star.
 
"I saw the van. It had already been busted on the front. It was weaving left and right, trying to hit people as fast as possible. There were people lying on the ground," he added.

Kevin Kwast, who is on holiday in Barcelona with his family, said: "I was eating with my family in La Boqueria market very near where the crash occurred.

"Hundreds of people started stampeding through the market... we started running with them going outside right into where casualties were already on the ground. Police pushed us into a money transfer shop and we've been sheltering there for over an hour," he said.
 Barcelona Terror Suspects Killed in Second Attack
Citizens of some 24 countries were killed or injured in the Las Ramblas attack, the Catalan government has said. Spaniard Francisco López Rodríguez, in his 60s, is the first named victim.

Italy's foreign ministry confirmed two Italian citizens had died. One Belgian national has also been confirmed dead. France's foreign ministry said on Friday that 26 French nationals were injured, with at least 11 in a serious condition. Thirteen German citizens were wounded, some seriously. A five-year-old Irish boy suffered a broken leg.

Hong Kong, Taiwan and Greece are among those saying their citizens were injured. Pakistani, Philippine, Venezuelan, Australian, Romanian, Peruvian, Dutch, Danish, Algerian and Chinese nationals were also among the casualties, officials said.
 
Two people were detained on Thursday over the Las Ramblas attack, but not the driver of the van. One of those held is Driss Oubakir, whose documents were used to rent the van, local media say. They say he is in his 20s, and was born in Morocco. However, latest reports suggest he has told police he was not involved, and that his documents were stolen.
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