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 happened the night before the attack in the Catalan town of Alcanar. It flattened a building and killed a woman. The 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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