5 terrorist suspects neutralized, possible bomb plot foiled at Cambrils seafront south of Barcelona
Published time: 17 Aug, 2017 23:45
Edited time: 18 Aug, 2017 04:01
Officers investigate at the scene where police had killed four attackers in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, August 18, 2017. © Reuters TV
At least 6 civilians were injured before Catalan police neutralized 5 terrorist suspects in the coastal town of Cambrils, some 100km from Barcelona. Police said a bomb squad carried out several “controlled explosions.”
“We have killed the alleged perpetrators,” Catalan police announced on Twitter. “We work on the hypothesis that the events of Cambrils respond to a terrorist attack.”
Authorities are now working to determine if the alleged terrorists wore explosive belts, police said on Twitter.
Six civilians and one officer were injured in the attack before police neutralized the suspects. Two of the injured remain in a serious condition.
El Pais reports that four terrorists were traveling in a car and managed to run over several people before being shot dead by security forces. Police then intercepted the fifth attacker who was on foot. The man was wounded and immediately detained. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.
"We work on the hypothesis that terrorists killed in Cambrils would be related to the events registered in Barcelona and Alcanar," Catalan authorities tweeted.
In a brief late night address, the mayor of Cambrils, Camí Mendoza, thanked police for the rapid deployment and effective work and said she expects the interior ministry to provide full details of the incident in the morning.
Earlier police told residents of Cambrils to “stay home and stay safe,” announcing on Twitter that a "police operation" was ongoing in the town.
Cambrils is a coastal town with about 33,000 inhabitants and is a very popular tourist destination. The incident played out on a crowded seafront promenade at 1am this morning.
As authorities urged residents to “avoid the streets and lock themselves in the house,” locals in the area told La Vanguardia that people were also taking shelter in nearby hotels.
Police have also urged the public and media to rely on official information and to avoid spreading rumors after several false reports emerged of alleged terror-related incidents in other parts of Spain.