BARCELONA – Officers were deployed to the coastal town of Cambrils just hours after a van attack in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas boulevard in which 13 people were killed and at least 100 others injured.
Footage of the operation in the dead of night at the popular Costa Dorada tourist spot, situated 62 miles southwest of Barcelona, showed bystanders running for cover amid the sound of gunfire
At least three bodies could be seen on the ground in a separate video posted on social media.
One of the suspects was injured in the operation. Screams and police sirens could be heard in another clip filmed from inside a restaurant as diners ran for cover after hearing gunshots.
Catalan authorities urged local residents in a Twitter post to “stay home” and “stay safe”. It was unclear whether the crackdown was linked to the earlier attack involving a white Fiat van – the driver of which remains at large and is the focus of a police manhunt.
Two people have been arrested over the attack, one of whom has been named by police as Moroccan national Driss Oukabir, who was detained in the Catalan town of Ripoll, about 50 miles north of Barcelona.
The attack has been linked to an explosion 100 miles away in Alcanar, where a second suspect – a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa which shares a border with Morocco – was detained.
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