News Daily: Carnage in Barcelona

By Esther Webber
BBC News


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image captionPolice inspect the vehicle used in the Cambrils attack

Spanish police say they have killed five people in the resort town of Cambrils to stop a second attempted van attack after an earlier one in Barcelona.

The attackers were wearing explosive belts and had run over civilians with a car, police said.

Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's busy Las Ramblas area on Thursday afternoon. The driver of the van fled and is still at large.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has described it as a "jihadist attack".

The authorities are now linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an explosion at a house on Wednesday evening in the town of Alcanar that left one person dead.

Analysis: A worrying trend

By Gordon Correra, security correspondent

Barcelona is just the latest European city to witness the terrible effects of a vehicle attack on an iconic or "soft" target.

The weapons employed are readily available and there is little or no training, co-ordination or planning required. This means there are few points where individuals can be spotted by the intelligence services.

Although so-called Islamic State has released a statement saying what it calls its "soldiers" had carried out the Barcelona attack, it is not yet clear whether there was any direct link to the group or if they were simply inspired by its call to act. The language used often indicates the latter.

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What the papers say

As expected, events in Barcelona dominate the front pages which feature images and strong language that some people may find disturbing. The Times describes it as the first major terrorist attack on Spain since 2004. The Telegraph says footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in a street popular with tourists, Las Ramblas.

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Today's lookahead

Today A judgement is due on comedian Michael Barrymore's case for compensation after a "wrongful arrest" over the death of a man in his swimming pool 15 years ago

09:30 The ONS will release monthly tourism figures covering June, which could indicate effects of the weaker pound and also whether the terrorist attacks have deterred visitors

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