The police command in Spain has said that its officers have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, after an earlier one in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens.
The police while linking the five men to the Barcelona attack, added that they are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday.
13 people are confirmed to have died after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas with nearly 100 people injured and at least 15 of them in critical condition.
Two men have been arrested – including Driss Oukabir, who was initially suspected of being the driver – but police have now said neither man was behind the wheel. They remain in custody.
A British man, Fitzroy Davis, who witnessed the shooting of one of the suspects as he celebrated a night out with friends in Cambrils, said one of his friends was injured by shrapnel during the incident.
He told the BBC:
“We were sitting at the bar and these girls ran in and some people started running past us. One of our friends looked down the street and he says: ‘Run.’”
“The next thing is we see this guy coming running at us and someone shouted: ‘Call the police, call the police.’”
“He was running away at first then he turned round and he came running back up the street and he stopped and that is when the police car came and then they were shouting at him.”
“And then he was walking around in a circle and then they shot him.”
“He fell to the ground and he came back up and he stepped over the fence and he was smiling at them. And he came walking to the police and he was taunting them sort of thing, and they shot him again.”
“And that was it and then he went down.”
A spokesman for the regional government of Catalonia said:
“The alleged terrorists were in an Audi A3 and apparently knocked down several people before coming across a police patrol and a shoot-out ensued.”
Seven people, including one police officer, were injured. The officer’s injuries are not life-threatening but one other person is critically injured and another seriously.
Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy has described it as a “jihadist attack”, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out.
Mr Rajoy has announced three days of national mourning and a minute’s silence will be held later on Friday.