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What we know so far about the Barcelona and Cambrils terror attacks

The key details that have emerged after what appears to have been the second terrorist attack in Spain in 24 hours

The attack in Las Ramblas happened shortly after 5pm local time on Thursday. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Fourteen people have been confirmed killed in two attacks in Spain on Thursday. Thirteen died when a van was driven in to crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and one person was killed by a car in Cambrils, a coastal town 75 miles to the the south. The horrific events appear to have begun the night before, in another town 120 miles south of Barcelona. Here is what we know at midday BST on Friday:

Cambrils
  • A second terror attack took place in Cambrils, a coastal town around 120km from Barcelona, in the early hours of Friday morning.
  • One person was killed and five bystanders and one police officer were injured – two seriously – when they were reportedly deliberately hit by a car.
  • The attackers were wearing fake suicide vests according to Catalan officials cited by El Pais.
  • The Audi A3 used in the Cambrils attack was removed by police. Its back window was smashed and it was lying upside down.
  • Police officers shot dead five suspects, some of whom were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts.
  • Javier Zaragoza, the head of the Audiencia Nacional, the court that deals with terror offences, said on Friday that those killed had no known links to jihadism.

Barcelona
  • The first victim of the Barcelona attack was named as Italian father-of-two, Bruno Gulotta. He was on holiday with his partner and children, according to his workmates.
  • Spanish police are hunting teenager Moussa Oukabir, who is suspected of being the driver of the van in the Barcelona attack.
  • A minute’s silence was held in Barcelona’s main square, followed by several minutes of applause. Spain’s king Felipe its prime minister Mariano Rajoy attended. A minute’s silence was also held at the EU buildings in Brussels.
  • A seven-year-old Australian boy, Julian Cadman, became separated from his mother, who is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
  • Authorities say the Cambrils attack is linked to the terrorist assault on Barcelona on Thursday, when a man drove a van into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, killing 13 people and injuring 100 more.
  • Two suspects arrested on Thursday are being held on suspicion of links to the Barcelona attack, but police say neither of them is the driver.
  • A second van that was believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle for the Barcelona attacker was found abandoned in Vic, 80km away.
  • Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack in Las Ramblas, but this could not be verified.

Alcanar
  • Officials are also linking the two attacks to an earlier explosion that destroyed a house in Alcanar, killing one person and wounding at least one more. Police now say they believe explosives were being prepared at the property.
  • Alcanar is around 200km (124 miles) from Barcelona and 90km (56 miles) from Cambrils.

Sant Just Desvern
  • On Thursday, a shootout at a police roadblock in a town close to Barcelona left a man dead. Police said it was not connected to the attack in Las Ramblas.
  • On Friday morning, it emerged that the dead man – the owner of the car – was not in the driver’s seat and had in fact been stabbed to death.
  • A hunt is now underway for the person driving the car to the roadblock.
  • It is possible that this incident is also linked to the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, and the explosion in Alcanar.
Source: theguardian

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