Two men arrested, 13 killed after van ploughed into crowd of pedestrians
13 dead after van ploughs into crowd of pedestrians
Two men have been arrested
Driver is thought to be still at large
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack
Attack took place in popular Las Ramblas tourist area
Spanish PM declares three days of mourning
Two men have been arrested and at least one more is still at large after a white van ploughed into a crowd of people in a busy Barcelona tourist district, killing at least 13 and injuring 100 others.
Officials said some were very badly hurt, suggesting the death toll could rise even further.
Police have said neither of those arrested were the driver of the van, meaning a major manhunt is underway for at least one person still at large.
The two detained are a Moroccan and a man from Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla.
Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack via their Amaq News Agency. Isis frequently declares involvement in incidents across the world so their claims should be treated with caution, though Catalan Police have confirmed the incident is a terror attack.
Spain has several hundred soldiers in Iraq providing training to local forces in the fight against Isis, but they are not involved in ground operations.
Senior police officials said Thursday’s van attack was linked to an explosion at a nearby home the previous day in which one person was killed. Residents of the house were preparing explosives, a Catalan police source said
Local police also said a man later ran over two police officers at a checkpoint elsewhere in the city, but it was not clear if the incidents were linked. The AAP news agency has said police have confirmed the two events were unconnected.