The police are still searching for the driver behind a terror attack in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish media named teenager Moussa Oukabir as the suspected driver. Two consecutive attacks hit in Barcelona (13 dead) and Cambrils (one dead).
Police killed five suspects at the scene of the Cambrils attack . Four men have been arrested, police say attacks were planned “for some time.” Victims are being named, with a 35-year-old Italian man and a 44-year-old Belgian woman identified among those killed. An American man has also been killed. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said an “urgent” hunt is underway for a dual national British child.
Police in Spain are still hunting for the attacker who drove a van down a crowded tourist street in Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 people.
A 14th civilian died in a separate attack on the city of Cambrils later on Thursday, during which a number of aggressors drove a car into pedestrians.
Widespread reports suggest that children are among around 125 people who on Friday were confirmed injured in the Barcelona atrocity. One of the dead is American, and a British boy is among the missing.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the attack. Police have said they believe it is the work of a coordinated terror cell, who have been planning the attack “for some time.” The driver of the van is still on the run.
Spanish media on Friday morning identified the person thought to have driven the van as a teenager named Moussa Oukabir, whose brother Driss was arrested Thursday.
It is unclear whether he is 17 or 18 years old. Outlets published a picture of him:
The Spanish news agency EFE, the ABC newspaper, and the RTVE TV station all separately cited police sources claiming that Oukabir was the attacker.
Police kill 5 suspects at 2nd attack
The police in Cambrils, a city near Barcelona, earlier shot dead five people they said had run into another crowd hours after the attack on Las Ramblas.
An Audi A3 smashed into pedestrians in Cambrils, a city some 60 miles south west of Barcelona, injuring a police officer and six civilians. One civilian later died, taking the total death toll to 14.
Officers killed the men inside. They have said the two attacks are linked.
The men were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts, though the police have since said the devices were fake.
The BBC published footage of the Cambrils shooting sent to them by a witness named Fitzroy Davies. It shows the police talking to a man, with the sound of gunshots as he approaches them (the footage is frozen before he is shot):
‘Pop pop… and he felldown.’
Witnesses to the initial attack in Barcelona described how the van zigzagged down Las Ramblas, a long, tree-lined boulevard that is one of Barcelona’s central tourist spots, at about 5 p.m. local time.
It travelled several hundred metres, running down pedestrians and cyclists as it went, before coming to a halt over a decorative mosaic near the city’s Liceu subway station.
Arrests, ISIS claims responsibility
Two men were arrested Thursday evening, three in Ripoll and another in Alcanar, two towns in the Catalonia region of Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital.
At a press conference on Friday, the chief of the Catalan police said that three of the arrested men are Moroccan and that one is Spanish. They are aged 21, 27, 28, and 34. None of them has a history of terrorist activity, he said.
Officers believe that the two attacks are related to an explosion at a house in Alcanar the previous day. Reuters cited police sources who said the house was being used as a lab to make weapons with explosive gas.
Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has characterised the attackers as jihadists. At a news conference on Thursday evening, Rajoy said the attack was an act of “jihadist terrorism” and that defeating it must be the world’s No. 1 priority.
The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency, though the group, also known as ISIS, has not offered proof to support its involvement. A statement 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.”
Spain is part of the international coalition against ISIS. It has helped train soldiers in Iraq but, unlike the UK and the US, has not directly taken military action in Syria or Iraq.
Victims and mourning
The death toll Thursday night was 13, but emergency services on Friday announced that a badly injured woman had died, increasing the count to 14.
One of the dead is an American, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed. An Italian man, a Belgian woman and several Spaniards have also been confirmed dead. Business Insider is maintaining a full list of victims here.
126 people were injured, according to an announcement by the Catalan emergency services. Of these, 17 are critically injured, 28 seriously injured, 8 moderately seriously and 12 have light injuries:
An earlier post said victims came from at least 34 countries, which are listed in full here.
The British Foreign Office said a small number of Britons were injured. The French government said 26 French people were among the victims.
The British government said Friday it is urgently investigating reports that a British boy has not been seen since the attack. Reports in Britain have suggested the boy is seven-year-old Julian Cadman, a British-Australian dual national. He has been pictured in a uniform from Chiddingstone Nursery, which is in Kent.
Bruno Gulotta, 35, an Italian father of two, was the first victim to be named. A 44-year-old woman from Belgium and a 60-year-old man from Granada were also identified.
On social media, images showing a looped black ribbon are gaining traction as a symbol of mourning.
Las Ramblas was reopened Friday morning, though some of the metro stations along the route remain closed. A minute’s silence was held at midday at the Plaça Catalunya square at the top of Las Ramblas, subject to heavy security.
Felipe VI, the king of Spain, attended alongside Rajoy. After the silence, the crowd applauded:
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Officials have warned that the death toll may rise further.
The attack on Barcelona is the deadliest attack in Spain since a series of train bombings in the capital Madrid in 2004 killed 191 people.