Police fatally shoot at least five suspects near Barcelona

Five suspects wearing bomb belts mowed down civilians in the seaside town of Cambrils, Spain, early Friday before they were killed in a shootout with police just hours after a similar terror attack in Barcelona, local officials said.

“The alleged terrorists were in an Audi A3 and apparently knocked down several people before coming across a police patrol and a shoot-out ensued,” said a spokesman for the regional government of Catalonia.

Police shot and killed four suspects. A fifth was initially injured and arrested, Catalan police said, before the suspect died, authorities confirmed.

The suspects were wearing explosive belts, which have been detonated by the police force’s bomb squad.

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At least six people, including one police officer, were injured in Cambrils. Two of the victims are in serious condition.

Police believe the suspects in Cambrils were linked to an attack late Thursday afternoon on a popular Barcelona avenue that killed 13 people and injured at least 100 others.

Both incidents are also believed to be linked to an earlier explosion in the town of Alcanar that killed one person.

epa06149306 Spanish policemen patrol the street after five suspected terrorists were killed by the police after they knocked down six civilians with their car at Paseo Maritimo in Cambrils (Tarragona), northeastern Spain, 18 August 2017. According to media reports, at least 13 people have died and 80 were injured when a van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona in an incident which Spanish police are treating as a terror attack. Police have stated that the two attacks are linked. EPA/JAUME SELLART


Policesaidon Twitter that the situation is under control.

Hours earlier, a white van jumped onto a curb and struck pedestrians at Las Ramblas, a popular destination spot in Barcelona Thursday — an act police called a terror attack.

Two people in connection to the mayhem have been arrested. The driver is believed to be on the run, authorities say.

With News Wire Services

Medics and police tend to injured people near the scene of a terrorist attack in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain Thursday. 

Medics and police tend to injured people near the scene of a terrorist attack in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain Thursday. 

(Nicolas Carvalho Ochoa/Getty Images)

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