A van crashed into a throng of people in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area earlier today (Aug. 17), leaving 13 dead and over 100 others injured, including a three-year-old girl. Officials in Spain have determined that the crash was a terrorist attack with the Islamic State claiming the responsibility.
As reported by The Telegraph, the white vehicle crashed into the packed and bustling district, striking fear into onlookers who witnessed the unfortunate event. A total of three suspects have been corralled, with one of the men shot dead by Barcelona police.
The publication wrote that while the Islamic State claim is still unconfirmed, officials are still investigating the matter with that level of seriousness. And as the day and night went on, other developments in the matter has sparked widespread concern across the region.
The Telegraph writes:
Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large.
In the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away, police killed five terror suspects. The suspects were thought to have been plotting a similar attack to Barcelona.
Six civilians and one officer were injured in Cambrils. It was not known whether Cambrils was linked to the Las Ramblas attack.
In the many moving parts of this matter, police have released the name of the Morrocan suspect, Driss Ouakbir, 28, who is suspected of renting the van used in the attack. According to the reports, he turned himself into the authorities while claiming his brother may have stolen his documentation.
In a town 120 miles south of Barcelona, a pair of explosions went off at a home and was linked to the Las Ramblas attack. A man was shot and killed by police after running over a pair of officers at a checkpoint, but it has been confirmed the shooting was not in connection to the van assault.
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