Barcelona terror attack: 13 killed, van driver who mowed down people still on the run
Barcelona: At the peak of the tourist season in Barcelona, late Thursday afternoon, a terrorist drove a van through a crowd of tourists in the Las Ramblas district – a top tourist destination – crushing to death at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others.
The Barcelona attack has been described as the deadliest Jihadist attack in Spain since the bomb blasts in commuter trains in Madrid in March 2004,
Eyewitnesses told media that a van van veered onto a promenade and swerved back and forth as it mowed through crowds crushing pedestrians and cyclists.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for this attack.
While the hunt is on for the driver who fled the spot, two others have been arrested from Ripoll and Alcanar in the Catalonia region in connection with the Barcelona attack.
In an earlier incident, the Polie said one person has been killed when there was an explosion in a house at Alcanar, a town near Barcelona, where explosives were being prepared.
The Police, engaged in a massive manhunt during the night, killed a number of terror suspects in a shootout in another town near Barcelona.
Meanwhile, according to unverified reports, the ISIS news agency Amaq has referred to the US led coalition against the Islamic State and said in a statement: “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.”