Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

In a message to Cardinal Omella, Pope Francis denounced the "cruel terrorist attack" in Barcelona and said such "blind violence", which sows death and pain, is "a great offense to the Creator".

Suspected jihadists have been behind the previous attacks.

The investigation is also centred on a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, which was destroyed by an explosion on Wednesday night.

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Dramatic video footage has emerged of one of the Cambrils terrorists, who taunted and smiled at police, being repeatedly shot in a scene described by witnesses as being like "watching a horror film".

The fourth man sought, Moussa Oukabir, thought to have been the van driver, was killed in the police shootout at Cambrils. He is suspected of using his brother's documents to rent the van that mowed down people on the famous boulevard.

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Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian-born pilot of the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a Yemeni who liaised between the September 11 terror cell and the al-Qaeda leadership, met in the coastal towns of Salou and Cambrils two months before the strike on NY.

As seen through a fish-eye lens from an apartment four blocks away, smoke streams from the north tower within minutes of the first plane's attack. At least one was brandishing a knife.

The five assailants had an axe and knives in their vehicle and wore fake explosive belts, police said.

The department did not identify either of the Americans, but said the injured person suffered only a minor wound.

Eight hours after the attack in Barcelona, another person was killed and six were injured after a auto ran down pedestrians in the coastal town of Cambrils.

Las Ramblas, with its pedestrian friendly sidewalks and endless vendor stalls, is a popular tourist location in Barcelona.

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As of Friday, police had arrested four people in connection with both attacks, which officials believe are linked. The driver of the van fled on foot.

- The ISIS media wing, Amaq, has said the Barcelona attackers 1were "soldiers of the Islamic State", but stopped short of explicitly claiming responsibility for the attacks or providing evidence for their claims.

Police believe the house was being used to plan one or several large-scale attacks in Barcelona, possibly using a large number of butane gas canisters stored there.

Las Ramblas, the site of the Barcelona attack, was thronged with people again yesterday morning, but the mood was subdued, and people were talking quietly. To honor the lives lost, thousands of people returned to Las Ramblas on Friday and chanted in the Catalan language, "We are not afraid".

Seven-year-old Julian Cadman, a dual British-Australian national who was separated from his mother during the attack, is missing, ABC Australia reports.

The van attack was the deadliest in Spain since March 2004, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people.

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