Just days after the car ramming incident and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, there is terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain.
Again, it’s no suprise to many that ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack that killed at least 13 and wounded almost 100 others. ISIS claims that “soldiers of the Islamic State” attacked in response to calls to target citizens of countries “belonging to the coalition.”
We can only hope this nightmare….ISIS, is soon wiped out to stop these horrific terrorist attacks on innocent lives across Europe and other countries.
H/T Zero Hedge:
A white, rented van plowed into a busy street in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and 100 injured. Witnesses saying the van zigzagged down one of Barcelona’s busiest tourist avenues, Las Ramblas, mowing down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground. The incident took place at the height of the tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year.
Social network footage showed numerous bodies strewn along the Ramblas, some motionless. Paramedics and bystanders bent over them, treating them.
Police said they had arrested a man linked to the attack in the heart of the city, but did not identify him or describe his role. Earlier police were searching for the van’s driver who, according to local media, fled the scene on foot. Another suspect was killed in a shootout with the police. A second man has also been arrested.
The Islamic State’s Amaq news agency claims that the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” in response to calls to target citizens of countries “belonging to the coalition.”
According to a statement from the Amaq news agency, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack. The
statement says the attack was in response to IS calls to “soldiers of the Islamic State” to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive the extremist group from Syria and Iraq.
Separately AP reports that a suspect who attacked an officer of the Mossos d’Esquadra, or the Barcelona police, at a checkpoint on the road out of Barcelona after the attack has reportedly been found dead in his car. The body was discovered in Sant Just Desvern, 3km from where the police fired shots in an attempt to stop him. It was unclear whether he died from the gunshot wounds of police, or whether he killed himself.
According to Fox News, At least two people have been arrested as suspects in the attack, according to the regional president of Catalonia.
Police initially named Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan citizen who lived in Spain legally, as a suspect in the attack. However, local media are reporting a man with that name told police that his identification documents were stolen, possibly by his younger brother.
El Nacional reported that the alleged suspect Oukabir told police in Ripoll that he had nothing to do with the Barcelona attack. He said that his documents had been stolen and used to hire the car, sources told the paper. Jordi Munell, Mayor of Ripoll, confirmed that Oukabir had denied any involvement in the attack.
In addition, a government official has confirmed to Fox News that intelligence agencies are now combing through their holdings, including terror watch lists, to determine if Oukabir was known to the FBI, DHS and other agencies. Officials are also working to determine if the suspect was blocked from entering the U.S., or if this was a radicalized individual that was not on government radar.
Spain’s royal palace has condemned the deadly van attack in Barcelona, calling the perpetrators “assassins, simply criminals who will not terrorize us.” The royal palace’s statement, which was posted on Twitter, also said that “All of Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will once again be for all.”
In a separate tweet, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that “the terrorists will never destroy a united people who love liberty over barbarism. All of Spain is with the victims and families.”
In addition, President Trump and First Lady Melania tweeted:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and families of those involved in this terrorist attack.