Spain Police Foil Second Attempted Van Attack In Cambrils After Barcelona, Kill 5 Suspects

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| August 18 , 2017 , 10:40 IST

Less than 24 hours after a terrorist attack in Barcelona in Spain killed 13 people, injuring 100 others, the Spanish police have foiled a second attempted van attack in the town of Cambrils, killing 5 suspects.

On Friday, 7 people including a police officer were injured as another van rammed into a group of people in the popular seaside resort of Cambrils, resulting in the vehicle turning over. The alleged attackers wearing explosive belts exited the vehicle and were quickly shot at by the police, resulting in the death of 5 suspects.

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A bomb squad was deployed to carry out controlled blasts of the explosive belts, and the police have said that the situation in Cambrils is under control.

The Barcelona attack on Thursday afternoon resulted in the death of 13 people, mostly tourists, when a van ploughed through the crowds in a pedestrian only area in the tourist centre of Las Ramblas. Subsequently, the driver of the van fled on foot and is yet to be captured although a suspect who rented the van is reportedly in custody.

The Islamic State terror group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack through a brief statement carried by its Amaq news agency which said that the attack was carried out by 'Islamic State soldiers'.

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Authorities are linking the recent attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils along with an explosion at a house in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday evening which left one person dead.

Denouncing the attack as 'jihadi terrorism' Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has travelled to Barcelona and declared three days of national mourning.

"I want to express my solidarity with all of Spain to the city of Barcelona, today hit by jihadi terrorism, like other cities have been in the world," said PM Rajoy.