Driver in Barcelona van attack still on the run — Spanish police
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Driver in Barcelona van attack still on the run — Spanish police

Other suspects arrested in connection to terror attack that killed 13 said to be Spanish and Moroccan nationals

Spanish policemen walk in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 80 on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA)
Spanish policemen walk in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 80 on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA)

The driver of a van that mowed into a packed street in Barcelona, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others, is still on the run, Spanish police said Thursday.

Catalonia Police Major Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters that two other people suspected of being involved in Thursday’s terror attack had been arrested — a Spaniard and a Moroccan.

He said the white van sped into the famous Las Ramblas street in Barcelona, one of the city’s busiest, around 4:50 pm (1450 GMT).

“It was full of pedestrians and knocked over lots of people… over many meters,” he said.

One of the suspects arrested over the attack is a man born in the Spanish territory of Melilla in northern Morocco, he said.

Driss Oubakir, a suspect in Barcelona terror attack on August 17, 2017. (Spanish National Police handout)
Driss Oubakir, a suspect in Barcelona terror attack on August 17, 2017. (Spanish National Police handout)

The other, Driss Oukabir, is Moroccan.

Neither of them had any criminal record, he added.

In a further twist, Trapero said police suspected a deadly explosion late Wednesday at a house in Alcanar some 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Barcelona was linked to the van attack.

Trapero said the explosion left at least one person dead, and police suspected those in the house were “preparing an explosive device.”

“It seems there was an accumulation of gas that generated the explosion,” he said, without giving further details.

The Spanish suspect was arrested in Alcanar, while Oukabir was held in Ripoll in northern Catalonia.

People flee the scene in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
People flee the scene in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

In another incident Thursday, police shot at a vehicle that forced its way through a roadblock in Barcelona after the van attack, knocking down two officers.

Belgium said one of its citizens had died in the Las Ramblas assault, while The Hague said three Dutch were injured and a Greek diplomat three nationals had been wounded — a woman and her two children.

Thursday’s attack drew condemnation from across the globe.

Spain’s royal family vowed that their country would not be “terrorised” by extremists.

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