2017 Barcelona attack

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Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The red line shows the route of the van.

On 17 August 2017, a white van hit pedestrians on La Rambla, Barcelona, leaving as many as thirteen people dead and dozens injured.[1] The two suspects then fled on foot.[2][3]

At around 17:20 CEST, a white Fiat Talento drove onto the pavement of Barcelona's Las Ramblas, crashing into pedestrians between Plaça Catalunya and Gran Teatre del Liceu.[4][5]

In the press conference held by the police at 7:00pm local time, the spokesperson confirmed the terrorist nature of the event, a dead person and 32 injured —10 of those in serious condition.[6] Other sources are claiming the fatality count is 13.[7]

Police said two men were arrested in connection with the attack; another was reported killed in a shootout with police.[8] In Ripoll, a man in his 20s was alleged to have rented the van, but told police his ID was stolen.[9] Amaq News Agency said the attackers were "soldiers of the Islamic State" who "carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states".[10]

An explosion occurred the night before the attack in the Catalan town of Alcanar. It flattened a building and killed a woman. Head of the Mossos d'Esquadra Josep Lluís Trapero said it was related to the ramming. Nine hours after the attack, police killed four people in Tarragona said to be planning a terrorist attack in Cambrils.

References[change | change source]

  1. "At least 13 dead in van crash in Barcelona city center: media". 17 August 2017 – via Reuters. 
  2. "Van crashes into dozens of people in Barcelona: police". Reuters. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  3. Ward, Victoria. "Barcelona crash: 'Two dead' as van ploughs into crowd at popular tourist area, as driver flees scene". telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  4. "Atropellament massiu a la Rambla de Barcelona" (in Catalan). 324.cat. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  5. "LiveLeak.com – Van drives into people at Ramblas – aftermath". 
  6. Mossos (17 August 2017). "En aquests moments es confirma una víctima mortal i 32 ferits, dels quals 10 greus #Barcelona". 
  7. Galan, Laura. "Almenys 13 persones mortes en l'atropellament massiu a la Rambla de Barcelona". CCMA. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  8. "Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas". BBC News. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
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