At Least 13 persons were killed and more than 100 people injured in a terrorist attack in Las Ramblas boulevard. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for and attack .15 of the injured were in serious condition and that the death toll was likely to rise
The Mossos d’Esquadra regional police force said two persons have been detained in connection with the attack but none of them was the driver of the van.a third person found dead in his case 3 km from a police checkpoint where he exchanged shots with officers.one of the arrested is Driss el- Ouakbir , a man of northwestern African origin who is believed to have rented the van used in the attack.
The attack happened at 5.00 pm when the van rammed into several vehicle before barreling down the tree lined central pedestrian only area of Las ramblas. Regional police and emergency services were deployed to the area which is at the heart of the city’s touristic centre and is visited by thousands every day.
Metro and train stations in the area were closed to the public while people in the area of the attack were asked to asked to stay where they are until the police can indicate an exit route. The aim of Thursday’s assault was “ to kill the maximum number of people”.
meanwhile , Spanish Prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced a three days of national mourning saying “ terrorists are defeated by Unity”.