Catalan police thwart second terror attempt near Barcelona
The situation is "under control" in the Catalan city of Cambrils, according to police, who killed four terrorists and arrested another.
Catalan police tweeted that another incident is being treated as a possible terror attack in Cambrils, a city southwest of Barcelona. The parties responsible have been “taken down.”
It is close to 3 a.m. in Spain and authorities say the situation is “under control," but the operation is ongoing and police urge those in the area to use caution.
2:56 El dispositiu policial a Cambrils continua en marxa però la situació, a hores d'ara, està sota control. Continuem demanant precaució— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017
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The police in Catalonia tweeted that four "terrorists” are dead and one is injured. The injured suspect has been arrested.
A banda dels 4 abatuts a Cambrils hi ha una cinquè autor ferit detingut pels mateixos fets— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017
An earlier tweet reads: “We are working under the assumption that the events in Cambrils are related to a terrorist attack. We have brought down those allegedly responsible.”
Trabajamos con la hipótesis de que los hechos de #Cambrils responden a un ataque terrorista. Hemos abatido a los presuntos autores— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017
Authorities believe this most recent attack is part of a coordinated attempt to target tourists in Catalonia, according to reports.
A manhunt was underway for the driver of a van that mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona's most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State.
Authorities said the death toll could rise, with more than 100 people injured, some seriously.
Police said they arrested two men, a Moroccan and a man from Spain's north African enclave of Melilla, though neither was the driver. Witnesses said the driver fled on foot.
It was still not clear how many attackers had been involved.
Hours beforehand, one person was killed in an explosion in a house in a town southwest of Barcelona, in an incident linked to the attack, police added. Residents of the house were preparing explosives, a police source said.
In few minutes we are going to make several controlled explosions in #Cambrils. If you hear detonations DO NOT be alarmed, are controlled!— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017
Reuters contributed to this report.