1. Barcelona terror attack Live Updates: Slain terrorists in Cambrils are linked to attack in Las Ramblas, says Catalan Police

Barcelona terror attack Live Updates: Slain terrorists in Cambrils are linked to attack in Las Ramblas, says Catalan Police

Barcelona terror attack Live Updates: Police in Spain call Barcelona van incident a terror attack; local media report up to 13 dead.

By: | Barcelona | Updated: August 18, 2017 10:03 AM
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A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district today, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. Barcelona police has said that the  Las Ramblas van incident was ‘terrorist attack’. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city this afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others.

Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled. Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. Gunmen have reportedly taken hostages at a nearby restaurant. The Police have 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 center of Barcelona, is one of the city’s top tourist destinations.

Here are the Live Updates from Barcelona terror attack:

09:40 AM:  Sikh Gurudwaras are staying open in Spain for anyone in need of food and shelter.

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09:30 AM: The UN today strongly condemned the “barbaric and cowardly” terror attack in Spain with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council calling for the perpetrators and financiers of such “reprehensible acts” to be brought to justice.

09:15 AM: Eight hours after Las Ramblas attack, 120 kilometers south of Barcelona in Cambrils, an Audi A3 car hit pedestrians, injuring six civilians — one of them in a critical condition — and one police officer, said the government of the Spanish region of Catalonia where both cities are located.

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09:00 AM: Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo condemns Barcelona attack. Says, ‘Dismayed by the news arriving from Barcelona. Full support and solidarity with the family and friends of the victims.’ (Translation)

08:56 AM: Police shot four of the attackers dead and injured another one, saying they were “working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils could be linked to what happened in Barcelona.”

08:40 AM: Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon expressed her grief and wrote, “My heart is broken for Barcelona. Please know the world feels your sorrow. And the sorrow of all people dealing with senseless violence.”

08:34 AM: BJP’s Vasundhara Raje took to Twitter to condemn the attack, she wrote, “Strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Barcelona.My heart goes out to the bereaved families & those injured. #UnitedAgainstTerrorism”

08:30 AM: Police say 5 suspects killed in Spanish resort town were carrying bomb belts and had run over civilians with car, as quoted by The Associated Press.

08:23 AM: Before the van plowed into the tree-lined walkway of Las Ramblas, one person was killed in an explosion in a house in a separate town southwest of Barcelona, police said. Residents, there were preparing explosives, a police source added, as reported by Reuters.

08:22 AM: As security forces hunted for the van’s driver, who was seen escaping on foot, police said they had killed four attackers on Thursday night in Cambrils, a town south of Barcelona, to thwart a “terrorist attack” using explosive belts. Six civilians and a police officer were injured in the operation.

08:20 AM: Spain hunts driver who killed 13 in Barcelona, foils bomb plot

08:15 AM: Senator Penny Wong said, “Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Spain after this horrific attack Barcelona”

08:10 AM: In another post, Andrew Cuomo‏ said, “Tonight we lit the spire of @OneWTC red and yellow in solidarity with the people of Spain. #Barcelona”

07:55 AM: Police announced the arrest of two suspects, identified as a Spaniard and a Moroccan, but said the driver was still on the run, AFP reported.

07:51 AM: 56th Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo‏ took to Twitter and shared a post saying, “On behalf of all New Yorkers, my heart goes out to the victims of the apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona and their loved ones.”

07:45 AM: Former US President Barack Obama condemns the attack, shared a post saying, “Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.”

07:32 AM: Catalan emergency services said six civilians and a police officer had been injured in an attack in the town of Cambrils, which police said was linked to Thursday’s Barcelona van attack, as reported by Reuters.

07:25 AM: Catalan Police said that they believe attackers killed in Cambrils are linked to attack in Barcelona and explosion in Alcanar, as reported by Reuters

07:15 AM: According to Reuters, Catalan Police reportedly said that they will make several controlled explosions in Cambrils and South of Barcelona, after attack

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07:10 AM: According to Catalan government, Six civilians, one police injured were in the second Spain attack, as reported by AFP

07:00 AM: Spanish police say officers killed at least 4 terrorism suspects in an attempted attack south of Barcelona, as reported by AP

06:45 AM: According to AFP, 13 people dead and over 50 were injured in the Barcelona attack

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06: 15 AM: Spanish police confirm officers shot and killed four suspects in a separate alleged terror plot south of Barcelona, reported Reuters.

06: 00 AM: Spanish police say they have killed several people south of Barcelona in response to a terrorist attack, reported AP.

05: 45 AM: Amidst the terror of the Barcelona attack, Catalan police said another operation against a possible terrorist attack was ongoing in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, reported.

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05: 30 AM: UK Prime Minister Theresa May says foreign office working to establish if any British nationals were involved in the incident, reported Reuters.

05: 15 AM: The interior chief for Spain’s Catalonia region says three days of mourning have been declared to honor the victims of the van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona, reported Reuters.

05: 00 AM: Police Major Josep Lluis Trapero gave the nationalities of the two suspects detained on Thursday. Trapero while speaking to media during a conference said that one is Moroccan and the other is a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish city on Africa’s north coast that neighbors Morocco, reported Reuters.

04: 45 AM: French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Thursday evening: “All my thoughts and solidarity from France for the victims of the tragic attack in Barcelona. We will remain united and determined.”

04: 30 AM: After yesterday’s horrific attack, Barcelona became the latest European city to experience a terror attack using vehicle as a weapon to target a populated destination, after similar attacks in France and Britain.

04: 20 AM: Lights of Eiffel Tower has been turned off in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona terror attack, reported CNN.

Eiffel Tower. (Image: Reuters)

04: 00 AM: Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy has called the Barcelona terror attack a “Jihadist Attack,’ reported CNN.

03: 40 AM: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying in a statement on its Aamaq news agency that the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” in response to the extremist group’s calls for followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq, reported Reuters.

03: 24 AM: Watch | Some recent images of the Barcelona terror attack:

(Image: Reuters)

03: 10 AM: 2 suspects in custody in Barcelona van attack are a Spanish national from Melilla and a Moroccan, officials added further.

03: 00 AM: According to AP, senior police official have said that neither of the 2 detained suspects in Barcelona van attack is the driver.

02: 50 AM: Senior police official told AP that the Barcelona terror attack is linked to explosion previous day in which 1 person was killed.

Police confirm multiple deaths in Barcelona terror attack; Watch video:

02: 40 AM: Catalan official in their recent update on Barcelona van attack informed that at least 13 people lost their lives, while some very badly hurt and figure could rise. More than 100 are injured, reported AP.

02: 20 AM: Pope Francis is following with great concern the events in Barcelona and praying for the victims, CNN quoted a statement saying.

02:00 AM: According to Reuters, Spanish media earlier reported that a second van had been rented as a getaway car by attackers.

Watch video of how the Barcelona terror attack took place:

01: 50 AM: According to AP, the local Police said bomb squad is checking area in Barcelona outskirts near where driver of car who struck police officers located.

01: 40 AM: Two police officers have been run over at a security point in Barcelona, CNN quoted Catalan police saying.

01: 30 AM: AP quoted the Catalan police saying that driver hits 2 officers in Barcelona, police later locate him; unclear if related to van attack.

01: 20 AM: Islamic State group ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Barcelona van attack in statement carried on its Aamaq news agency. IS propaganda outlet claims its ‘soldiers’ carried out Barcelona attack.

01: 10 AM: Speaking about the horrific attack, Barcelona’s mayor said, “Minute of silence to be held Friday in main square ‘to show that we are not scared’ after van attack.”

01: 05 AM: Out of the two suspects arrested so far in the Barcelona terror attack, one has been identified as Driss Oukabir, news agency AFP quotes police union saying.

01: 00 AM: The Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has recently told CNN that two suspects in the Barcelona terror attack have been arrested by the local police. Watch video:

12: 55 AM: In a recent casualty toll update, 12 people have lost their lives and as many as 80 are hospitalized after Barcelona van attack, AP quoted Catalonia’s regional president informing. Earlier the death toll was reported to be 13 along with 50 injured.

12: 50 AM: FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has shared his condolences to the victims of the attack in a post on Instagram. He said, “I want to send my condolences and all my support for the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, and to totally condemn any act of violence.”

12: 45 AM: We remain united and determined. My thoughts are with the victims, says French President Emmanuel Macron.

12: 40 AM: ‘UK stands with Spain against terror’: British PM Theresa May.

10: 35 AM: Eyewitness of the horrific terror attack in Barcelona explains the moment of attack. Watch video:

12: 30 AM: 12: 30 AM: In case of emergency #Barcelona, please contact +34-608769335, informed Indian Embassy in Spain.

12: 25 AM: Even the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to assure full support to Indian living in Spain. She wrote: I am in constant touch with Indian Embassy in Spain @IndiainSpain. As of now, there is no report of an Indian casualty.

12: 20 AM: US President Donald Trump took to Twitter and has condemned the terror attack in Barcelona. He said, “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!”

12: 15 AM: Catalan regional police say they are evacuating people from Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area amid manhunt after van attack, reported CNN.

12: 10 AM: According to CNN International, the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs Raul Romeva has condemned  the Barcelona attack and  describes situation as ‘absolutely traumatic’.

12: 05 AM: According to a recent update by CNN, more than 50 people have been injured during the Barcelona terror attack.

(Image: CNN/ Twitter)

12: 00 AM: Even the Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono condemns Barcelona terror attack and has expressed solidarity with the people of Spain, reported Reuters.

11: 55 PM: According to AP, Police have confirm that a man was arrested in the Barcelona van attack. Police are treating him as a ‘terrorist’.

11: 50 PM: All public events in Barcelona have been suspended in the wake of the Las Ramblas terror attack, reported CNN International.

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11: 40 PM: While speaking about the tragic Barcelona terror attack, US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson said, “We ask US citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you are safe.” Watch video below:

11: 30 PM: First lady of the United States took to Twitter and expressed her grief about the Barcelona terror attack. She wrote: “Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona”.

11: 15 PM: According to Reuters, Police have found second van connected to the Barcelona attack in Catalan town of VIC.

11: 00 PM: There is some confusion in the exact number of fatalities in the Barcelona terror attack. While the local media has reported that 13 people have lost their lives, citing police sources. Whereas other media outlets are saying there were at least 10 deaths. An official statement on the exact number of killings is still awaited.

Local people speaking to their relatives on phones and updating about the current situation on ground in Barcelona. (Image: AP)

10: 55 PM: The Spanish government ordered train stations around Barcelona closed as the manhunt for the attacker continues, reported AP.

10: 50 PM: White House says President Donald Trump has been alerted to the unfolding situation in Barcelona, reported AP.

10 45 PM: Catalan Police are still searching for the driver of the van. Watch video:

10: 35 PM: Catalonia’s regional police said on Twitter that they had activated the protocol for attacks after a van mowed down people in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area. However, they have added that the motive behind the crash was not yet clear, reported Reuters

10: 27 PM: Police in Spain call Barcelona van incident a terror attack; local media report up to 13 dead.

10:18 PM: Suspect holed up in bar after Barcelona van attack: police, as per AFP.

10:13 PM: Catalan police tweeted that “there are mortal victims and injured from the crash” without specifying numbers. The Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper is reporting at least two dead and 20 injured, reports AP.

10:00 PM:

9:55 PM: Police in Spain confirm fatalities after van slams into pedestrians in Barcelona’s historic district (AP)

9:51 PM: Two armed men have entered a restaurant in Barcelona after van crash

9: 45 PM: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he was in contact with authorities after a van mowed down dozens of people in Barcleona’s city centre. Rajoy said on Twitter the priority was to attend to the injured.

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9: 40 PM: Police in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, told crowds fleeing the scene by megaphone that they were dealing with a “terrorist attack”.

Police officers tell members of the public to leave the scene in a street in Barcelona, Spain. (AP)

9: 40 PM: Police in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, told crowds fleeing the scene by megaphone that they were dealing with a “terrorist attack”.

9: 35 PM: Spain was hit by what is still Europe’s deadliest jihadist attack in March 2004, when bombs exploded on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people in an attack claimed by Al Qaeda-inspired extremists.

9: 30 PM: Spain has emerged as a potential target for jihadists, with extremist websites mentioning it for historical reasons, since much of its territory was once under Muslim rule.

9: 25 PM: According to Spanish interior ministry, more than 180 “jihadist terrorists” have been arrested since June 2015 when Spain raised the terror alert level to four out of a maximum of five, in domestic and foreign operations.

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