5 suspects mowed down civilians in seaside town of Cambrils, Spain, early Friday before they were killed in a shootout with police just hours after a similar terror attack in Barcelona. “The alleged terrorists were in an Audi A3 and apparently knocked down several people before coming across a police patrol and a shoot-out ensued” said a spokesman for regional government of Catalonia. Police shot and killed 4 suspects in town about 70 miles south of Barcelona. A fifth was injured and arrested before authorities confirmed the suspect died. Suspected terrorists were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts. After they were detonated by police force’s bomb squad, the region’s head Carles Puigdemont said a local radio station they were fake. At least 6 civilians and 1 police officer were injured. 5 remain in the hospital. Among them, 1 is in critical condition, 2 sustained serious injuries while another 2 are stable.
Police tells that suspects in Cambrils were linked to an attack late Thursday afternoon in Barcelona that killed 13 people and injured at least 100 others. The region’s Interior Minister Joaquin Forn said early Friday that Cambrils attack “follows the same trail. There is a connection.” In Barcelona, a white van jumped onto a curb, swerved through the busy thoroughfare and struck pedestrians at Las Ramblas in what police called a terror attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility and 2 people, including a Moroccan man whose identification was used to rent van, have been arrested. The driver, who escaped on foot, is still at large. Both incidents in Cambrils and Barcelona are also linked to an explosion in town of Alcanar that killed 1 person on Wednesday, according to senior police official Joseph Lluis Trapero. The people inside home in Alcanar, about 60 miles south of Cambrils, were “preparing an explosive device” Trapero told.