Thursday, August 17, 2017
AT LEAST 13 DEAD - 100 INJURED IN SPANISH ISLAMIST TERRORIST ATTACK BY VEHICLE AND POSSIBLE SHOOTING.
Barcelona terror attack: Two men arrested, 13 killed after van ploughed into crowd of pedestrians-[Yahoo News UK]-August 17, 2017
Two men have been arrested 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 continue to rise.The Islamic State Group 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.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.Local police also said a driver later ran over two police officers at a checkpoint elsewhere in the city, but it was not clear if the incidents were linked.The horrifying attack took place at around 5pm local time, when the vehicle careered into terrified pedestrians in the busy tree-lined promenade in Las Ramblas, one of the most popular parts of the city, visited by tourists and locals alike.Police said that neither of the two men arrested had driven the van, though they were involved in some capacity.Spanish media have published a picture of a man police sources say rented the van. Authorities named him as Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old born in Morocco who lives in Catalunya.Security sources told El Pais that Oukabir had recently visited Morocco and arrived back in Barcelona earlier this week.Pictures from the scene showed police helping people injured in what was described as a ‘massive crash’.Numerous bodies could be seen strewn over the street.Earlier reports said up to two armed men had fled to a restaurant and taken hostages, but police have since confirmed no suspects are holed up in nearby buildings.Atropello múltiple en Las Ramblas en este momento. pic.twitter.com/xosHvYpO0e— Arturo Fernández Rui (@Arturof66R) August 17, 2017-Reports say that a Spanish passport of a man with a Moroccan name was found inside the van.The area has now been cordoned off and local metro stations are closed, with people taking shelter in local shops and cafes.Steve Garrett was in a nearby market and sheltered in a bakery with several others after streams of people ran inside.One member of the group who took refuge with him said she had heard gunshots after the incident.Mr Garrett told the BBC: “A very large number of people ran into the market area in a big kind of way, lots of screaming, lots of shouting.“The security guards immediately responded. We ran into the bakery with four or five other people and ran straight upstairs and hunkered down whilst an enormous wave of people went through the market.“The lady that was with us said she heard some gunshots.”Mr Garrett said a “second wave” of people then entered the market, followed by armed police.He said: “They seemed to sweep through the market area.“They seemed to be looking for someone. They were going very carefully, very cautiously, stall to stall.”El horror llega a nuestra ciudad. pic.twitter.com/ljPkPztFQq— Arturo Fernández Rui (@Arturof66R) August 17, 2017-Eyewitness Ethan Spibey told Sky News: ‘It was real chaos, people started running, screaming. There was a loud bang.’Another witness Aamer Anwar said: “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.”Tom Gueller, who lives on a road adjoining the site of the attack, was forced to flee when the vehicle began hitting pedestrians.He told the BBC: “I heard screams and a bit of a crash and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas, and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that.“I ran away, I mean I live near, I had to run back about 50 metres or so and go up to my flat and obviously see what’s happening on the road from my balcony.”Asked about the van, he said: “It wasn’t slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas.”In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona, which draws at least 11 million visitors a year.In one video released under the slogan “tourism kills neighbourhoods”, several hooded individuals stopped a tourist bus in Barcelona, slashed the tyres and spray-painted the windscreen.Since July 2016 a number of vehicles have been driven into crowds in a series of attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.Las Ramblas is a popular shopping street in the centre of Barcelona and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that his thoughts were with the victims of the attack.London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 17, 2017-Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts are with the victims of the “terrible attack”, adding: “The UK stands with Spain against terror.”
MADRID (Reuters) - A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona on Thursday and several people were injured, police in the Spanish city said.Police described the incident on Twitter as a "massive crash". Emergency services said people should not go to the area around the city's Placa Catalunya, and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations.El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona, which draws at least 11 million visitors a year.In one video released under the slogan "tourism kills neighbourhoods", several hooded individuals stopped a tourist bus in Barcelona, slashed the tyres and spray-painted the windscreen.(Reporting by Madrid newsroom, writing by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Alison Williams)
Van plows into crowd in Barcelona, causes panic, injuries-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-August 17, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain — A white van jumped the sidewalk Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said.In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Other videos showed five people down and recorded people screaming as they fled the scene.Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene.Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the centre of Barcelona, is one of the city's top tourist destinations. People walk down a wide, pedestrianized path in the centre of the street, but cars can travel on either side.The Spanish newspaper El Pais quoted unnamed police sources as saying the perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. There was no immediate police confirmation of the report.The Associated Press
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