World leaders have offered solidarity following the brutal attack on La Rambla, the city's main stripby Stephanie Boland / August 17, 2017 / Leave a comment
At least 12 people have died with over 50 injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Barcelona.
Police were called to La Rambla, the city’s main tourist strip, after a van was driven into crowds of people.
According to Reuters, the van zigzagged down the street with witnesses saying it drove “full pelt” into pedestrians on the busy strip.
Local police said on Twitter that they had arrested one man in connection to attack. A photo of the man who reportedly rented the van used in the attack, Driss Oukabir, has also been circulated by the Spanish authorities.
Reports suggest that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack via its news industry, Amaq.
The assault is the latest in a series of global terror attacks which have used cars and vans, including two attacks linked to Islamic extremism earlier this year which took place separately on London’s Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, and most recently last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a right-wing attacker is reported to have driven at protesters opposing an “alt-right” rally.
This low-tech method presents a challenge to anti-terror and law enforcement agencies, as it is relatively easy to access a rental vehicle compared to obtaining firearms or bomb-making materials.