ISIS claims responsibility for Barcelona attack, perpetrators on the run

An unknown attacker affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) rammed a van into the crowd on the busiest boulevard Las Ramblas in Barcelona on 17 August. He killed at least 13 people and injured dozens.

The police are still searching for the perpetrator and his accomplices, at the same time five radicals equipped with fake explosive belts tried to drive their car into a group of people in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. The attackers were shot by the police, one policeman and six civilians were wounded. According to the police officers, the Cambrils attack was connected to the Barcelona incident. Three people suspected of being involved in these attacks were subsequently arrested, one Moroccan and one suspect from the Spanish North-African exclave Melilla. Spain is a member of the anti-IS coalition and sent about 300 troops to Iraq to train local security personnel. The deadliest terrorist attack so far struck Spain in 2004, when bombing attacks in Madrid killed 191 people which forced the government to withdraw its troops from Iraq. The question remains whether this attack will have a similar impact on Spain’s effort in fight against IS.

About author: Matěj Novák

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