Eight French citizens seriously injured in Barcelona attack
22:31, Aug 18, 2017
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After the attack on Las Ramblas, five people were shot dead by police in Cambrils, a popular seaside resort town south-west of Barcelona, after they drove into pedestrians.
Witness Ethan Spibey told Britain's Sky News: "All of sudden it was real chaos".
Two sources in direct contact with USA counterterrorism officials say the events in Spain over the last 24 hours make them fear that this is only the beginning of a series of ISIS attacks across Europe. A police vehicle was damaged and an officer was among the six people injured.
An American citizen was killed and another one was injured in the terror attacks in Spain, US officials have said.
- Police engage in a shootout with the attackers and kill all five.
Forn says the suspects killed in a subsequent shootout with police were wearing fake bomb belts. Police engaged in a shootout with the suspects after their auto was driven into several pedestrians. In a following counter-terrorist operation, four attack suspects were killed and one died from wounds later. Neither individual was immediately identified.
The death toll in Barcelona terror attack rose to 14 on Friday as a woman succumbed to her injuries in Cambrils, Reuters reported.
Catalonia police said they believed the two attacks, as well as an explosion on Wednesday night in Alcanar, 125 miles south of Barcelona, in which one person died and a house collapsed, were all connected. The driver of the Ford Focus was killed.
As of Friday morning, three people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, local Catalan police confirmed on Twitter.
Australia also says three of its citizens were injured, one seriously. A third man was arrested in the town of Ripoll on Friday.
Since July 2016 a number of vehicles have been driven into crowds in a series of attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm. However, the Basque separatist group ETA has carried out mostly small-scale attacks for decades, and the Spanish security forces have considerable experience in dealing with terrorism. People from 34 countries are among the injured in the Barcelona incident, the Catalan government reported.
The attacks have been condemned by many. Pope Francis said the attack is a "very grave offense to the Creator".
In a poignant moment, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, King Felipe VI and the president of Catalonia where both places are located held a minute of silence in Barcelona that was followed by applause and shouts of "not afraid".
TV footage from Barcelona showed emergency services helping people strewn across the pavement while armed police spread out in neighboring streets in the search for those responsible.
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