Spain attacks: Fourth suspect arrested

An injured person is carried in Barcelona Spain Thursday Aug. 17 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people police said. (AP Phot

An injured person is carried in Barcelona Spain Thursday Aug. 17 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people police said. (AP Phot

Who knows? The police are now looking into the potential link.

At least one person died in the house where police suspect they were "preparing an explosive device".

The number of people killed in Thursday's double terror attacks rose to 14, after a woman died of injuries at the Joan XXIII hospital, the Catalan emergency services confirmed. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured", Naidu said in a message.

The first victim named in the attack is Bruno Gulotta, a father of two young children from Italy who was on vacation with his family when he was hit by the van, the Telegraph reported. "The terrorist attack protocol has been activated", Barcelona's Mossos d'Esquadra, or Mossos Squadron, security agency said.

He was referring to a blast in a house in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday evening.

"The alleged terrorists in Cambrils had an axe and knives in the vehicle as well as fake explosive belts stuck to their bodies", police in Catalonia tweeted. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack. "In a few hours Cambrils will be back to normal".

Otso Iho of Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre added there appeared to be "a much higher level of coordination than has been typically present in previous attacks". Three of them - including suspect Driss Oukabir, who reportedly turned himself in - have been arrested so far.

However, the Interior Minister of Catalonia, Joaquim Form, has now said the belts were fake.

The participants broke into applause before the crowd chanted repeatedly: "I am not afraid!" Unlike France, Britain, Sweden and Germany, Spain has largely been spared, thanks in part to a crackdown that has netted some 200 suspected jihadis in recent years. A second attack took place in Cambrils, about 70 miles south of Barcelona, later in the day. Five others were injured.

"We were on a terrace, like many others", said bystander Jose Antonio Saez.

"He then stepped over the fence, charged the police again and the police then gave some more shots and then he fell down again". We heard shots fired.

"We were scared - the running crowd, the screaming", he said.

This is the moment a man saves a baby's life during the terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday. "We were anxious so we hid".

People wait to enter the area after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2017. "Everyone fled into the shops", he said.

The dead and wounded in the two attacks hailed from 34 countries. A Belgian is among the 13 people dead.

Police said the two men detained yesterday had been arrested in two towns, Ripoll and Alcanar, both in the region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital. Forn declined to respond to questions about him Friday.

The home rental company said Friday that it "activated our disaster response tool" in the Spanish city after a auto rammed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas neighborhood on Thursday. "There is a connection".

"Those that live here can't believe it, because we live here, we walk here, this is our neighborhood", Sebastiano Palumbo, 47, an Italian architect working in Barcelona, said as he walked his dog.

By Friday morning, Las Ramblas promenade had reopened to the public, albeit under heavy surveillance and an unusual quiet. "They don't understand what this is", he said.

He announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence will be held later on Friday.

"You had the house that blew up when they failed to put together these gas canisters - probably for a vehicle bomb", Townsend explained. It declared a cease-fire in 2011. Neither were known to have any previous links to terrorism.

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