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Friday, August 18, 2017 12:04 AM
In a recent casualty toll update, 12 people have lost their lives and as many as 80 are hospitalized after Barcelona van attack. (Image: CNN/ Twitter) Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in which a van ploughed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday, the group’s Amaq news agency said. “The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states,” the agency said, referring to a United States-led coalition against the Sunni militant group.
In a recent casualty toll update, 12 people have lost their lives and as many as 80 are hospitalized after Barcelona van attack, AP Quote: d Catalonia’s regional president informing. Earlier the death toll was reported to be 13 along with 50 injured.
A white van earlier today jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district today, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. Barcelona police has said that the Las Ramblas van incident was ‘terrorist attack’. In the initial photographs shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city this afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others.
ALSO READ | Barcelona terror attack Live Updates: Police confirms 12 killed after van slams into pedestrians; ISIS claims responsibility
Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled. Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. Gunmen have reportedly taken hostages at a nearby restaurant. The Police have asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the city’s top tourist destinations.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:30 PM
"Soldiers" of the Islamic State group carried out a deadly van attack in Barcelona on Thursday , the jihadist organisation’s propaganda outlet Amaq said.
"The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State," Amaq said on its Telegram messenger account, without naming those it claimed were behind the attack.
A maq said they had launched the attack in response to calls to target states taking part in the United States-led coalition battling the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.
The terror group has frequently declared that it was behind terrorist incidents in recent years, but experts have warned their claims should be treated with caution.
At least 13 people were killed on Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street in what police said was a "terror attack".
Barcelona terror attack, in pictures ​ P olice said they had arrested two suspects after the assault, the latest in a wave of vehicle rampages across Europe in recent years.
The attack caused panic on the streets of Spain’s largest city and drew condemnation from world leaders.
The famous Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, lined with shops and restaurants and normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night.
Mapped: Barcelona van attack I sil, which once controlled a self-declared "caliphate" across large parts of Iraq and Syria, has suffered major losses in recent months.
C oalition-backed Iraqi forces recaptured its Iraqi stronghold Mosul in July.
The coalition said the fall of Mosul was a "decisive blow" against the group but did not mark the end of the war against the jihadists.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:26 PM
Barcelona terror attack Live Updates: The area around the incident was cordoned off, with several ambulances and police vehicles on the scene. (Image: CNN/ Twitter) A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district today, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. Barcelona police has said that the Las Ramblas van incident was ‘terrorist attack’. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city this afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others.
Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled. Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. Gunmen have reportedly taken hostages at a nearby restaurant. The Police have asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the city’s top tourist destinations.
Here are the Live Updates from Barcelona terror attack:
02: 40 AM: Catalan official in their recent update on Barcelona van attack informed that at least 13 people lost their lives, while some very badly hurt and figure could rise. More than 100 are injured, reported AP.
02: 20 AM: Pope Francis is following with great concern the events in Barcelona and praying for the victims, CNN Quote: d a statement saying.
02:00 AM: According to Reuters, Spanish media earlier reported that a second van had been rented as a getaway car by attackers.
01: 50 AM: According to AP, the local Police said bomb squad is checking area in Barcelona outskirts near where driver of car who struck police officers located.
01: 40 AM: Two police officers have been run over at a security point in Barcelona, CNN Quote: d Catalan police saying.
01: 30 AM: AP Quote: d the Catalan police saying that driver hits 2 officers in Barcelona, police later locate him; unclear if related to van attack.
01: 20 AM: Islamic State group ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Barcelona van attack in statement carried on its Aamaq news agency. IS propaganda outlet claims its ‘soldiers’ carried out Barcelona attack.
VP Pence on #Barcelona : “The United States condemns this terror attack and we will do whatever is necessary to help” https://t.co/3J31sVUIe6
— CNN International (@cnni) August 17, 2017
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:49 PM
The latest edition of the ‘Inspire’ magazine has 18 pages out of the total 97 pages dedicated to building a device that can take a rail off the tracks. (Reuters) The al-Qaeda terror group is encouraging its recruits to target train tracks and cause derailments in the West as means of spreading “fear” and “lack of security” among people, according to the outfit’s online propaganda magazine. The latest edition of the ‘Inspire’ magazine has 18 pages out of the total 97 pages dedicated to building a device that can take a rail off the tracks and can be built without using any electronic tools “so as to remove any traces for suspicion” and does not require “martyrdom”.
“This can be performed by a single person multiple times,” the article notes.
“It is time we instill fear and make them impose strict security measures to trains as they did with their air transportation. There will be a state of terror, fear and lack of security among the masses,” it adds.
Inspire is the online magazine of the Yemen-based al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the latest article is credited to the group’s master bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, The Times reported.
Fears are growing that al-Qaeda is preparing a return to prominence as the Islamic State (ISIS) is increasingly squeezed in Syria and Iraq.
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The magazine singles out Britain, France and the US for such train track attacks with “derailment devices” and from “inside or outside” as these trains are always crowded.
“America’s railroads are estimated to be one third of the world’s railway. So how can they protect 240,000km of railroad… it is practically impossible. The same goes for Britain with 18,500km and France with 29,743km.
“It is a daunting and almost impossible task to protect the long railroad length and yet one of the easiest to target. That may result in great destruction,” the article notes.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:29 PM
Barcelona: At least 13 people were killed Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street in an attack claimed by Daesh.
Police said they had arrested two suspects after the assault, the latest in a wave of vehicle rampages across Europe in recent years.
The Daesh propaganda agency Amaq claimed that “soldiers” from the extremist group carried out the attack, according to the Site Intelligence Group which monitors Islamist websites. Read more
World condemns Spain van attack
Witnesses told of the panic unleashed in an area thronging with local residents and tourists in Spain’s second biggest city, as world leaders united in condemning the carnage.
“We can confirm there are 13 dead and more than 50 injured,” regional interior minister Joaquim Forn said on Twitter. Belgium said one of its nationals was among the dead.
One of the suspects was named by the police union as Driss Oukabir, but there were no further details and police denied earlier reports a perpetrator was holed up in a bar.
The famous Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, lined with shops and restaurants and normally packed with with tourists and street performers until well into the night.
Police said there had been a “huge collision” between a van and pedestrians on the thoroughfare and a police source said officers were seeking a total of two suspects.
Spain’s royal family condemned the assault in unusually strong terms, vowing that their country would not be “terrorised” by extremists.
‘Bodies on the ground’
Witnesses told of scenes of horror, with bodies strewn along the boulevard as others fleeing for their lives.
“When it happened I ran out and saw the damage,” local shop worker Xavi Perez told AFP.
“There were bodies on the ground with people crowding round them. People were crying. There were lots of foreigners.”
Witness Aamer Anwar told Britain’s Sky News television that he was walking down Las Ramblas, which he described as “jam-packed” with tourists.
“All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.”
Spain had so far been spared the kind of extremist violence that rocked nearby France, Belgium and Germany.
But it was hit by what is still Europe’s deadliest attack in March 2004, when bombs exploded on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people in an attack claimed by Al Qaida-inspired extremists.
Ethan Spibey, a charity director on holiday in the city, said he and several others had locked themselves in a nearby church.
“All of a sudden it was real kind of chaos... people just started running screaming,” he told Sky. “There was kind of a mini stampede.”
Tom Gueller, who lives on a road next to Las Ramblas said he saw the van speeding along the boulevard.
“It wasn’t slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas,” he told BBC radio.
A Greek diplomat in the city said three nationals had been wounded — a woman and her two children.
Thursday’s attack, which followed similar incidents in Britain, Germany and France, drew widespread condemnation.
‘Revolting attack’
“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help,” US President Donald Trump tweeted.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron — whose country has witnessed a series of bloody jihadist atrocities including a truck rampage in Nice in July 2016 that killed 86 people — said his thoughts were with the victims of the “tragic attack”.
A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the “revolting attack” and British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Twitter that London “stands with Spain against terror”.
The Nice carnage and other assaults including the 2015 Paris attacks on nightspots in the city were claimed by Daesh.
In another deadly vehicle attack in December, 12 people were killed when a man driving a truck ploughed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market.
Spain has emerged as a potential target for attacks, with extremist websites mentioning it for historical reasons, since much of its territory was once under Muslim rule.
The authorities in Spain — the world’s third biggest tourism destination — generally remain discreet on the terror threat.
But they publicise every arrest of alleged extremists, most of them detained for propaganda, recruitment for extremist groups or “glorifying terrorism.”
According to the interior ministry, more than 180 terrorists have been arrested since 2015. UAE condemns attack
The UAE has condemned the attack in Barcelona on Thursday.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the UAE condemned this terrorist act and reiterated its firm position that rejects all forms of violence and terrorism that target everyone, irrespective of religion and race. The ministry affirmed the UAE's solidarity with the Spanish government in its fight against violence and extremism and called on the international community to stand united to confront and uproot this scourge, which poses a threat to the security and stability of the world.
In conclusion, the statement from the ministry wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack. "Everybody started screaming"– eyewitness after several injured as van crashes into people in Ramblas, Barcelona https://t.co/w7nva15D4o pic.twitter.com/6FFaUcayte — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 17, 2017
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:36 PM
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Nafees Hamid, a terrorism expert for Artis International, who was a few blocks away from Las Ramblas, where the attack in Barcelona occurred on Thursday.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:38 PM
Donald Trump just suggested fighting terrorism by executing Muslims with pig blood dipped bullets Two days after saying he checks facts before making a statement, he referenced an false story about a US general committing what would now be considered a war crime
Share Comments By Mikey Smith 21:38, 17 AUG 2017 Updated 21:55, 17 AUG 2017 News (Image: AFP) Share Comments Get politics updates directly to your inbox + Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Donald Trump tonight suggested fighting terrorism by executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs blood.
Two days after saying he checks facts before making a statement, he referenced a false story about a US general committing what would now be considered a war crime.
The President’s tweet came in the aftermath of the Barcelona Terror attack which killed at least 12 people and left dozens injured.
After condemning the attack and offering US assistance to Spain, the President’s thoughts turned to preventative measures.
Quote: : “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now While many scratched their heads over the oblique reference to US military history, Trump has told his story of General Pershing before.
And it’s definitely fake.
Read More Here's the massive lie from Donald Trump's unhinged press conference that you might not have noticed Here's what he meant with this tweet Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Speaking at a February 2016 campaign rally in South Carolina, he told a story about Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippine-American war, in which he served between 1909 and 1913.
As Governor of Moro province in the Philippines, Pershing had to contend with local Muslims who resisted the American occupying force.
"They were having terrorism problems, just like we do," Trump said. "And he caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people. And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs' blood — you heard that, right? He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood.
“And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said: You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened. And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn't a problem."
He also told the crowd they could read about the story in the history books, "but not a lot of the history books, because they don't like to teach it."
It didn’t happen.
Where did the story come from? General Pershing (Image: TV Pic) Historians have noted newspaper articles from decades after the supposed event, which told a story of Pershing sprinkling pig blood on bullets to threaten prisoners with “eternal damnation”, but even these accounts say there was no actual massacre, and prisoners were released.
Other articles attributed the tale to other people, not Pershing.
In fact, according to historian William Lambers : “Pershing was more inclined toward peace talks with the Moros rather than violence. The General met with the Moros and read from the Koran with them. Pershing wanted to build bridges.“
Fact-checking website Politifact asked eight historians about the story, and reported: “Most expressed skepticism that the specific story ever happened, and many added that Trump’s takeaway is wrong-headed.”
The story has, however, been circulated widely online in the years since 9/11.
Wow. (Image: AFP) Yeah.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump excused himself from having taken two days to condemn the white supremacists who led a violent and deadly march in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend by claiming he had been waiting for the true facts of the incident to become clear.
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now He said: “Unlike the media, before I make a statement I like to know the facts."
Tonight, with neither irony nor apparent self-awareness, the President of the United States proved that statement, in itself, to be a lie.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:17 PM
GAZA, Palestinian Territory - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing a Hamas militant who was trying to stop the attacker from crossing into Egypt, Hamas announced, blaming an Islamic State sympathizer for carrying out the unprecedented attack.
It marked the first time that Hamas, which has carried out dozens of suicide attacks over the years targeting Israelis, was itself struck in such an assault. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said five other Hamas security forces and an accomplice of the bomber were wounded.
The ministry described the assailant and his colleague as “ideologically deviant” - a term Hamas uses to describe members of the Islamic State group and other extremists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel's destruction, has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since seizing control of the coastal area in 2007. Hamas has since clashed repeatedly with more radical groups, which have carried out their own attacks against Israel in part to undermine Hamas.
Hamas has sought to secure Gaza's borders in order to improve relations with neighbouring Egypt, which is battling an Islamic State affiliate in the neighbouring Sinai Peninsula. Hamas has largely observed a truce with Israel since a 2014 Gaza war.
The Hamas fighter who was killed had been tasked with preventing Palestinians from sneaking into Israel or Egypt. He was also a member of the group's armed wing, which to “fight the alien deviant ideology without concession.” After the attack, Hamas forces set up dozens of checkpoints in the area and began searching cars.
The family of the attacker issued a statement condemning what he did, offering condolences to the security officer's family and refusing to hold mourning observances.
Hamas wrested control of Gaza from forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007, confining his forces to parts of the West Bank.
Groups inspired by IS, al-Qaida and others have created a headache for Hamas in recent years, accusing it of being too soft on Israel and failing to fully impose Islamic law. Such groups have bombed internet cafes and music stores, and attacked Christians. Jihadis killed an Italian activist in Gaza in 2011.
Egypt and Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after the Hamas takeover that crippled the local economy. In recent years, Egypt has cracked down on the once-vibrant tunnel trade along the border. With Gaza's economy in shambles, Hamas is eager to improve ties with Egypt and ease the blockade.
Hamas has denied Egyptian accusations that it supports Sinai militants, and in June it began building a 13-kilometre-long (eight-mile) buffer zone along the border. It also beefed up border security in co-ordination with Egyptian authorities.
On Thursday, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing, Gaza's main outlet to the outside world, for a fourth day to allow the departure of Muslims embarking on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia. For the first time since March, the crossing was also open for humanitarian cases.
As part of new arrangements between Hamas and Egypt, facilitated by former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, the Rafah crossing is expected to operate on a more regular basis next month.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:35 AM
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in which a van ploughed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday, the group's Amaq news agency said.
"The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states," the agency said, referring to a United States-led coalition against the Sunni militant group.
Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Alison Williams