As reported earlier at TruthRevolt, at least 13 people died and 80 reportedly injured, many of them critically–after a van mowed down pedestrians in central Barcelona, capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. Catalonian police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
The attack took place in the Las Ramblas area of the city, a crowded tourist area. "One suspect has been arrested and another suspect was reportedly shot dead," German broadcaster Deutsche Welle confirmed. Police have denied earlier reports of a suspect holed up in a bar.
According to Fox News, one of those arrested is Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan citizen who lived in Spain legally. He rented the van used in the attack.
Fox reports that intelligence agencies are now combing through terror watch lists, to determine if Oukabir was known to law enforcement.
ISIS has claimed credit for the assault in a statement: "The perpetrators of the attack in #Barcelona are Islamic state soldiers and carried out the operation on command of [ISIS' leader] of targeting coalition countries."
Vehicle-ramming, a terror tactic perfected by the Palestinian terrorist groups against Israeli civilians, has emerged as a weapon of choice for Islamic State in its Jihad against the West.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported a separate ramming incident this evening in Barcelona that struck three police officers who were manning a road block. It was not confirmed if the incident was connected to the attack in central Barcelona.
German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported heightened activity by Islamic State operatives in the region around Barcelona.
"Recently numerous IS (Islamic State) suspects have been arrested in the Barcelona and Tarragona areas of Catalunia by a combined effort of Spanish National Police Forces and Moroccon counter-terrorist units," Dutch counter-terrorism expert Tomas Olivier told Deutsche Welle.
According to White House officials, President Donald Trump has been “alerted to the unfolding situation” in Barcelona. First Lady Melania Trump sent her “thoughts and prayers” to the people of Barcelona on Twitter.