Published on : Friday, August 18, 2017
Spain saw one of its worst terror attacks where at least 13 people were killed and more than 100 have been injured when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street.
The deadly events began in the early evening of Thursday when a van plowed through the crowds on the renowned Las Ramblas avenue, a popular tourist section of Barcelona. According to the latest reports, more than 80 people have been taken to the hospital and 15 of them have been seriously hurt. Spain’s Prime Minister termed the entire incident as an act of “jihadi terrorism.”
A second terror attack has taken place in Cambrils, a coastal town around 120km from Barcelona. Reportedly, a car deliberately had hit six bystanders and one police officer was seriously injured. Police officers then shot dead five suspects, some of whom were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts.
As per the latest developments, one suspect in the Barcelona attack is on the run. A police manhunt for him is continued. Two suspects — one from Morocco, one from the Spanish enclave of Melilla — were arrested in connection with the Barcelona attack, Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said. Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack in Las Ramblas, but this could not be verified.
Local police has urged the tourists and the residents to avoid the area of Las Ramblas and stay inside for their own safety. Foreign travel advice from the British Government reads: “The British Embassy in Madrid and Consulate General in Barcelona are in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking further information following reports of an incident in central Barcelona.
“Local authorities have advised people to stay inside and stay away from the Las Ramblas area of the city.
“If you’re in the immediate area you should take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities.
There is no disruption of the flight schedules. UK airlines offering flights to Barcelona include EasyJet, British Airways and Norwegian Air are working on time.
Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has stated the holidaymakers in Barcelona should stay away from the Las Ramblas area of the city, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for Spain.