ISIS Claims Responsibility For Barcelona Attack Killing 13, Injuring 100

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| August 18 , 2017 , 07:56 IST

The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona terror attack where a van ran over pedestrians in the Las Ramblas boulevard killing 13 persons and injuring more than 100 others on Thursday.  

Head of Catalonia's Regional Interior Department Joaquim Forn confirmed the death toll, saying "My strongest condemnation of the terrorist attack in Barcelona. We can confirm 13 deaths."

From the 100 injured, 15 are in critical condition and so the death toll is expected to rise further.

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The attack took place in the crowded Las Ramblas pedestrian only area which is the heart of the city's tourist centre and is visited by thousands of tourists every day. A white coloured delivery van rammed into several vehicles before rambling into the pedestrian area, hitting innocent bystanders in its path. According to reports, the van careened right and left, attempting to inflict as much damage as possible.

Jihadi-affiliated news agency Amaq confirmed the involvement of ISIS militant group and said that the attackers were "soldiers of Islamic State".

The victims of the attack include tourists from Australia, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed that no Indian nationals were involved in the incident.

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Spain has so far been relatively unmarked by terrorist attacks, especially in comparison with neighbouring countries. International leaders offered their condolences on the event, with US President Donald Trump offering help to Spain.

"The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help," US President Donald Trump tweeted.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced three days of national mourning saying "terrorists are defeated by unity".