Barcelona terror attack: 13 killed, several injured; Islamic State claims responsibility

Donald Trump took to twitter and said that he will take necessary actions. He tweeted, "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2017 12:00 pm
donald trump, barcelona attacl, barcelona van attack, barcelona Islamic state attack, IS attack, barcelona attack death toll, indian express, world news 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 Photo/Oriol Duran)

A van on Thursday mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district, killing at least thirteen people, Reuters reported. The van had swerved off the sidewalk into an area near the Las Ramblas avenue, a popular tourist district of the city usually crowded with foreigners who frequent the bars and shops on the stretch of this historical market area.


“We can confirm there are 13 dead and more than 50 injured,” regional interior minister Joaquim Forn said on Twitter. Police confirmed the arrest of two men behind the incident, news agency AP said. One of the suspects was named by the police union as Driss Oukabir.

The attack was later claimed by Islamic State. Carles Puigdemont, the head of the Spanish region of Catalonia said that at least 80 people had been taken to hospital. According to a US monitor, the jihadist organisation’s propaganda outlet Amaq said, “The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State.”

US President Donald Trump condemned the attack. He took to twitter and said that he will take necessary actions. He tweeted, “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help.”

France’s President Emmanuel Macron called it a “tragic attack”. British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Twitter that London “stands with Spain against terror”.

News agency AFP quoted an eye witness saying, “There were bodies on the ground with people crowding round them. People were crying. There were lots of foreigners.” Another eye witness told Britain’s Sky News television, “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.”

Earlier, the Islamic State also claimed the Nice attack and also the 2015 Paris attack on the night club. Not only this, IS also claimed another deadly vehicle attack in December in which 12 people were killed when a man driving a truck ploughed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market.

With inputs from agencies

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  1. B
    Aug 18, 2017 at 6:52 am
    ISIS is product of CIA and Mossad who had killed lakhs of muslims, dynamite mosques and getting Syria completely destroyed with US wespons. History is hidden when truth will surface only by declassified CIA documents after 50 years. The biggest threat _ ISIS is to whole muslim world for greater Israel. They never attacked Israel. Taliban Alquida etc were product of CIA to defeat USSR as proved. See what is real. Destruction of Iraq, Libya Yemen and Syria is not work of followers of peace.
    1. H
      Aug 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm
      I guess you are one of ISIS followers who help perpetuate the notion of it being founded by CIA and Mossad. Whoever found it in the first place, the facts that moderate muslims do nothing about it, let alone fight against it, show that whatever ISIS has been doing is approved by the so-called moderate muslims.
    2. P
      Prakash Easwaran
      Aug 18, 2017 at 5:10 am
      Religion of peace at work again. Showing how brave they are by killing women and kids.
      1. Jagdish Chandra
        Aug 18, 2017 at 5:04 am
        It is sighing of relief that no Indian among killed in Barcelona (Spain) in terrorist attack. State secretary always informing the nation without iota of delay whenever such brutal incident occurred pan-globally, is manifestation how she has remained always alert over the wellbeing of Indian Diasporas.
        1. R
          Aug 18, 2017 at 4:57 am
          Has Mohamed's religion given anything good to humanity? And Indian Muslims and seculars say Hindus are intolerant.
          1. V
            Vishwas Poojary
            Aug 18, 2017 at 6:41 am
            Mr Rajan, what has Indian Muslim got to do with it? When rabid North Indian goons are lynching and killing Muslims, did anyone call all Hindu's killers? Or mock the Hindu religion? Then why this distinction?
          2. R
            Aug 18, 2017 at 4:56 am
            After breaking up India and decimating native Hindus where Muslims are in majority, Mohammed followers are destroying the West by killing women and children in markets.
            1. Matthew J
              Aug 18, 2017 at 6:59 am
              you have no right to talk about Indian muslims
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