Catalan suspects were preparing larger attack, Spanish police say
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Spanish police continued to search for suspects on Friday after at least 14 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded when a car rammed into pedestrians Thursday in Barcelona followed by a second car attack in Cambrils overnight.
- The terror began when a white van jumped a sidewalk just before 5pm on Thursday before ploughing into a crowd in Barcelona's busy Las Ramblas district. At least 13 people were killed and more than 120 were injured, according to Catalan authorities.
- Hours after the Barcelona attack, a second attack took place in the seaside town of Cambrils when a car reportedly crashed into pedestrians, injuring several civilians and a police officer. One victim later died of her injuries, bringing the death toll to 14 people.
- Victims of the Barcelona van attack came from at least 34 different countries. Twenty-six French citizens were injured in the attack, 11 of them are in critical condition. A French crisis hotline has been set up for family members of the victims: +33 (0)1 43 17 51 00.
- Four people have so far been arrested in connection with the attacks. Spanish police arrested Driss Oukabir in Ripoll, a town north of Barcelona near the French border, on Friday morning. The man's brother, 17-year-old Moussa who was initially thought to be the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack, was killed along with four other suspects in Cambrils overnight.
- Police say one suspect, possibly the driver of the van, is still on the run.
- Spanish police say the suspects were planning a larger attack but were forced to drop those plans and act quickly when their attempts at bomb-making caused an unplanned explosion at a house in Alcanar on Wednesday evening. A Catalan police official said the attacks had been planned “for some time”.
- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack via its Amaq propaganda outlet.
Watch FRANCE 24's live blog to see how the events unfolded.