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Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Claim: CIA 'Warned Barcelona Police' About Possible Las Ramblas Attack

Claim: CIA 'Warned Barcelona Police' About Possible Las Ramblas Attack

The attack, early Friday in Cambrils, came hours after a white van mowed down tourists and locals in the popular Las Ramblas promenade in Barcelona, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100.

"We are disgusted with this awful act, and we are determined to defeat the fundamental European values and to continue with the joint fight against every form of terrorism", said Croatia's chief diplomat in her message, adding that "the news about the cruel attacks that took place in Barcelona and Cambrils and the suffering of a large number of innocent people has upset us deeply".

Police believe the two vehicular attacks were connected with an explosion that killed one person in the tourist district of Alcanar, about 100 miles (160km) southwest of Barcelona, hours prior to the van attack.

Officials in Spain say citizens from 24 countries were among those killed and injured in Barcelona.

The attackers, who were wearing explosives, were intercepted after driving a auto into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring six others. A similar attack was carried in another Spanish city, but that time - the suspects were shot dead.

A "small number" of Britons were injured in the terror attacks in Spain and the Foreign Office have sent additional staff to Barcelona to help.

Police said they believe the occupants were preparing an explosive device and the blast could be linked to the Barcelona assault.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The dead and wounded from the attacks include 34 different nationalities, Catalan authorities said.

The five alleged terrorists armed with knives were taken down by Catalan police in a shootout.

If the involvement of ISIL is confirmed, it would be the latest in a string of attacks in the past 13 months in which they have used vehicles to bring carnage to the streets of European cities.

Noon - A woman dies in hospital after being injured during the events in Cambrils, becoming the 14th victim of the terror attacks.

In a message to the cardinal of Barcelona, Pope Francis said the attack was "an act of blind violence that is a grave offence to the Creator".

Las Ramblas is equivalent to Times Square in Barcelona. "All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona".

Italy said two of its nationals were killed and three injured while Belgium said one Belgian had died.

Media outlets ran photographs of Oukabir that they said police had issued to identify one of the suspects.

A minute of silence has been held in Barcelona, which was attended by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI.

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