Spanish Police On The Hunt For Barcelona Van Driver

Claudine Rigal
Août 20, 2017

His daughter Fiona Wilson, a Police Department Staff-Sergeant in Vancouver, paid a touching tribute to her 'compassionate, generous and adventurous' father.

Early Saturday, police searched two buses in northwest Catalonia.

Police were overnight hunting the van's driver who escaped on foot.

Across the Pyrenees, French police carried out extra border checks on people coming from Spain - a routine beefing-up of patrols anytime a neighboring country flags a potential risk, a French security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

More arrests were made Friday to jeers from onlookers.

Two other suspects have also been found dead following a blast Wednesday at a house in Alcanar, some 150 km southwest of Barcelona. Three Germans and one Belgian were listed among them.

- One person was killed and seven others were injured. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

'Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents'. All had roots in Morocco; only Moussa Oukabir was born in Spain, according to the document.

Spanish police say they've arrested four people in connection to terrorist attacks that killed 14 people and injured more than 100 others in and around Barcelona Thursday.

"And it really affects you, when it happens in Barcelona and it is the work of people from Ripoll".

The emergency services in Catalonia said 24 doctors worked through the night conducting autopsies.

"On Sunday, before the 2017-18 La Liga opener against Betis, the Camp Nou will hold a minute's silence in recognition and memory of the victims".

Police say the attacks were planned for some time in Alcanar, and they could have been much worse.

At least 13 people died and another 130 were injured after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona Thursday afternoon.

A heartbreaking image showed Ian Moore Wilson laying next to his partner of 53 years, Valerie, after the horrific van attack in Las Ramblas. Moussa Oukabir lived in Ripoll, north of Barcelona, where his brother was arrested. No one was home.

The five attackers died from a shootout with police.

Mr Geddes, who is head of global security firm International Corporate Protection, said the atrocity was not just another lone-wolf attack.

IS, which once controlled a self-declared "caliphate" across large parts of Iraq and Syria, has suffered major losses in recent months.

A damaged van, believed to be the one used in the attack, is surrounded by police officers in the Las Ramblas area, Aug. 17, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Two days ago they came, two of them and a child.

A waiter near the scene told CBS News he saw terrorists wearing what looked like explosive belts. NPR has been unable to confirm the reports.

The driver eventually abandoned the car and ran, police said.

None of the suspects had been known to anti-terrorism agencies, but they did have criminal records.

AP writers Angela Charlton in Paris and Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed.

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