Driver who killed 13 in Barcelona rampage Spanish police in manhunt

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By 2017-08-19

Police on Friday hunted for the driver who rammed a van into pedestrians on an avenue crowded with tourists in Barcelona, leaving 13 people dead and more than 100 injured, just hours before a second assault in a resort along the coast.

A handout picture provided by the Spanish National Police on......17 August 2017 shows Moroccan Driss Oukabir, alleged suspect linked to the attack. Officers in Spain's second-largest city said the ramming on Las Ramblas was a "terrorist attack".

Police said they killed five "suspected terrorists" during the night in the seaside town of Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona where bystanders and Police were injured in a second car attack.

Three others were arrested in other parts of the Catalonia region where both cities are located, but the driver responsible for the carnage in Barcelona remained at large, authorities warned.

The attacks are the latest in a wave of such assaults in Europe where vehicles have been used as weapons of terror.

In the Barcelona incident, claimed by the Islamic State group, a white van sped down a wide avenue packed full of tourists on Thursday afternoon, knocking people down and killing 13 in a scene of chaos and horror.

The driver left the vehicle and fled on foot.

Some eight hours later in Cambrils, an Audi A3 car rammed into pedestrians, injuring six civilians -- one of them critical -- and a Police officer, authorities said.

Gunfire ensued during which Police killed the five attackers. Some were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts, although Catalan Interior Minister Joaquim Forn later said they were fake.

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