Barcelona attack highlights: Police kills five suspects in Cambrils terror raid
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Barcelona attack highlights: Police kills five suspects in Cambrils terror raid

A van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians on Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas killing several and injuring more than 50 people. Islamic State claims responsibility.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2017 13:44 IST
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Spanish policemen stand guard in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 80 on the Rambla in Barcelona.(AFP Photo)

A van mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona’s most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and leaving 100 injured in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State.

Witnesses said the white van zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, a busy avenue thronged with tourists, knocking down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground.

Islamic State’s Amaq news agency 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” - a reference to a US-led coalition against the Sunni militant group.

If the involvement of Islamist militants is confirmed, it would be the latest in a string of attacks in the past 13 months in which they have used vehicles to bring carnage to the streets of European cities.

Below are the highlights:

8am: UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in Barcelona, Spain, and extended his condolences to the families of those killed.

His spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said the secretary-general “wishes a speedy recovery to those injured and hopes that those responsible for this heinous violence will be swiftly brought to justice.”

7.40am: Police in Spain say fifth suspect shot and wounded in Cambrils has died, reports AP.

7am: Catalan police say will make several controlled explosions in Cambrils, south of Barcelona.

6.40am: Six civilians and one police officer were hurt when a car drove into people in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils early Friday, the regional government said, just hours after a similar deadly attack in nearby Barcelona.

6.30am: Spanish police said they had shot dead “four suspected terrorists” and left another injured early on Friday in Cambrils.

2:59am: Driver in Barcelona van attack is still on the run: AFP quotes police

2:42am: The two suspects detained are a Spanish national from Melilla and a Moroccan.

2:38am: Police official says neither of the two men arrested were the drivers of the van

2:36am: Catalan police official says there has been an explosion in a house in Catalonia in incident connected to Barcelona van attack, 1 person killed, reports Reuters

2:35am: Barcelona van attack ‘clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible’, says senior police official

2:28am: Catalan official says 3 days of mourning has been declared after the attack

2:20am: Catalan govt official says there are over 100 people injured from the van attack, reports Reuters

2:00am: Spanish authorities said agents shot at a vehicle that forced its way through a police checkpoint in Barcelona, knocking down two officers, but it was unclear whether there was any link to the deadly van rampage. “In the process of closing the city of Barcelona, a vehicle forced its way through police controls and knocked down two officers,” AFP quoted a spokeswoman for police in Catalonia where Barcelona is located.

1:35am: One Belgian has been national killed in the attack, the country’s foreign minister Didier Reynders said on Twitter.

1:20am: US vice president Mike Pence calls the attack “horrific” and says the images of carnage he’s seen “sicken us all.”

1:11am: Driver hits 2 officers in Barcelona, police later locate him; unclear if related to van attack: Associated Press quotes Catalan police

1:08am: The second person has been arrested in connection with the attack, say media reports

12:58am: Barcelona attack suspect identified as Driss Oukabir, AFP quoting Police.

12:55am: Islamic State claims responsibility for the Barcelona van attack, Reuters via Amaq news agency.

12:30am: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May condemns terror attack, says the “the UK stands with Spain against terror”.

12:15am: A Catalan government official said that 13 people have died and at least 50 have been injured in the attack. Joaquim Forn confirmed the death toll on Twitter.

12:05am: One man arrested over Barcelona attack, AFP quoting regional police.

11:36pm: Regional authorities say one death had been confirmed so far, with 32 injured, 10 seriously.

11:28pm: I am in constant touch with Indian Embassy in Spain. As of now, there is no report of an Indian casualty, tweets external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

11:20pm: Spanish public broadcaster RTVE says 1 suspect in Barcelona van attack has been arrested, reports Associated Press

11:15pm: Police have found second van connected to the Barcelona attack in Catalan town of VIC: Reuters quoting local authorities

11:10pm: US secretary of state Tillerson says Barcelona incident has all the hallmarks of a ‘terrorist attack’

11:00pm: Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono condemns Barcelona attack, expresses solidarity with Spain

10:50pm: A government official in Barcelona says one person has been confirmed dead and 32 others injured in the van attack

10:25pm: At least 13 dead in crash in Barcelona City Centre: Reuters quoting Spanish Media

10:02pm: Catalan police say they ahve activated protocols for attack but cannot confirm motive behind the crash, reports Reuters

An injured person is treated in Barcelona, Spain after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo)

9:49pm: Catalan police say they are searching for the driver of the van, reports Reuters

9:39pm: Spain’s El Pais newspaper, citing police sources, says the two armed men of the van crash in Barcelona are holed up in a bar.

9:33pm: Catalan emergency services said they had requested that metro and train stations be closed in the area close to the Las Ramblas avenue in the city centre.

9:29pm: Policewere clearing the area after the incident.

A policemen and a medical staff member stand past police cars and an ambulance in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla in Barcelona. (AFP Photo)

9:26pm: Spanish PM Rajoy says in contact with all authorities after van crash, priority is to attend to the injured

9:23pm: Two armed men have entered a restaurant in Barcelona after van crash: Reuters quoting local media

9:20pm: Barcelona police say Las Ramblas van incident ‘terrorist attack’.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 21:22 IST