Five suspected terrorists shot dead by police in Cambrils, Spain

Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others.

Islamic State said the perpetrators had been responding to its call for action by carrying out Thursday’s rampage along Barcelona’s most famous avenue, which was thronged with tourists enjoying an afternoon stroll at the peak of the summer season.

Bodies, many motionless, were left strewn across the avenue and authorities said the toll of dead, which included several children, could rise, with more than 100 injured.

Hours later in the early hours of Friday, as security forces hunted for the van’s driver, police said they killed five suspects in Cambrils, 120 km (75 miles) south along the coast from Barcelona, to thwart a separate attack.

The five men attempted to drive into tourists on the Cambrils seafront, police said. Their car overturned and some of them began stabbing people. Four were shot dead at the scene and the fifth was killed a few hundred meters away, police said.

Police said they had arrested a Moroccan and a man from Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla, though neither was the driver of the van. He was seen escaping on foot and was still at large. A third man was arrested in the town of Ripoll on Friday.

Police said later they had made a fourth arrest in connection with the attacks but gave no details.

A Spanish woman was killed in the Cambrils incident while several other civilians and a police officer were injured. Police destroyed explosive belts the men had been wearing, though they turned out to be fake.

Of the 130 people injured in both attacks, 17 were in a critical condition and 30 were serious, an emergency services spokesman said. (Reuters)

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Police walk near an overturned car

Police officers walk near an overturned car onto a platform at the spot where terrorists were intercepted by police in Cambrils, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. The police force for Spain’s Catalonia region says the five suspects shot and killed in the resort town of Cambrils were carrying bomb belts, which have been detonated by the force’s bomb squad. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)

An armed policeman grimaces

An armed policeman grimaces while on patrol in Cambrils, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)

An overturned car is transported

An overturned car is transported on a platform from the spot where terrorists were intercepted by police in Cambrils, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)

A worker washes the pavement

A municipal worker washes the pavement on the spot where terrorist were shot by police in Cambrils, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)

A worker washes the pavement

Police officers walk near an overturned car onto a platform at the spot where terrorists were intercepted by police in Cambrils, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP)

Police officers patrol

Police officers patrol on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on August 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. (Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

A man embraces a police officer

A man embraces a police officer on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on August 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. (Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

A police officer patrols

A police officer patrols on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on Aug. 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. (Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

A police officer patrols

A police officer patrols on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on Aug. 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. (Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

A police officer speaks to a passers-by

A police officer speaks to a passers-by on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police on Aug. 18, 2017 in Cambrils, Spain. (Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Police cordon off the site

Several Catalonian regional policemen cordon off the site of a shooting between security forces and alleged terrorist in the coastal city of Cambrils, northeastern Spain, Aug.18,2017. (Photo: Jaume Sellart/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Police inspect a car

Spanish Policemen inspect a car after four suspected terrorists were killed by the police after they knocked down six civilians with their car at Paseo Maritimo in Cambrils (Tarragona), northeastern Spain, Aug. 18, 2017. (Photo: Jaume Sellart/EFE via ZUMA Press)

Police inspect a street

Spanish Policemen inspect a street in Cambrils (Tarragona), northeastern Spain, Aug. 18, 2017, where at least four suspected terrorists have been killed by the police after they knocked down six people with their car at Paseo Maritimo. (Photo: David Gonzalez/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

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