Spanish police: Seven wounded, five attackers killed in second 'terrorist incident'

The operation came after a van attack in Barcelona on Thursday that left at least 13 dead.

August 18, 2017 05:46
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Spanish police: Seven wounded, five attackers killed in second 'terrorist incident'

Officers investigate at the scene where police had killed four attackers in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, in this still image taken on August 18, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS TV)


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MADRID - Catalan police said on Friday they had killed five perpetrators of a second "terrorist incident" in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona.

Catalan emergency services said six civilians and a police officer had been injured in the attack in Cambrils, which police said was linked to Thursday's Barcelona van attack.

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Catalan police said on Twitter that a bomb squad in Cambrils would carry out several controlled explosions after they determined that the attackers were carrying explosive belts.

On Friday morning, the regional head of the region announced that the explosive belts on the suspects were fake.

The incident came after a van attack in Barcelona on Thursday that so far has left 13 dead and more than 100 people injured.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the van attack in Barcelona was "jihadist terrorism" which required a global response.

"Today the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global," Rajoy told a news conference in Barcelona.

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Also on Thursday, hours beforehand, a person was killed in an explosion in a house about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Barcelona, in an incident linked to the attack, police added.

It was still not clear how many attackers had been involved. In another incident, police shot dead a man who had driven a car into a police checkpoint in Barcelona, though they had no evidence that this, too, was connected with the van attack.

Witnesses said the white van zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, a busy avenue thronged with tourists, knocking down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency said: "The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states" - a reference to a US-led coalition against the Sunni militant group.

The claim could not immediately be verified.

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