BARCELONA TERROR ATTACK! AT LEAST 13 DEAD, MORE THAN 100 INJURED AS VAN CRASHES INTO PEDESTRIANS, HOSTAGE DRAMA INSIDE RESTAURANT
At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured after a van in Barcelona ploughed into pedestrians before two men entered a restaurant with guns.
Pictures and video emerging from the scene show armed police and paramedics rushing to the Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city.
Horrifying footage from the scene shows dozens of victims lying injured on the floor.
Catalonia’s interior minister Joaquim Forn has said it is ‘very possible’ that the number of dead will rise because of the ‘very serious’ injuries to victims.
Gunfire was heard at the Corte Ingles store in the area after police announced a ‘massive crash’.
Police officers were said to be negotiating with two attackers in a Turkish restaurant where they have taken hostages.
Officers were also searching for a second van the attackers may have hired as a getaway vehicle.
The civil guard has said the van used in the attack was rented by a man named Driss Oukabir , in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, El Pais reports.
Read more: BREAKING NEWS: At least 13 dead and dozens injured in Barcelona terror attack after van crashes into pedestrians in Las Ramblas tourist district before ‘two gunmen take hostages at restaurant’
A 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist massacred a Jewish family celebrating Shabbat dinner and birth of their grandson. Three Israelis were stabbed to death and one seriously wounded. A neighbor, an off-duty Oketz unit soldier, heard screams from the home next door and shot through the window of the house, seriously wounding the attacker. Abed was later hospitalized and is now in the hands of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Three Israelis were killed and one seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank town of Halamish on Friday evening.
The Israel Defense Forces reported that a Palestinian assailant infiltrated a private home in the community of Halamish, also known as Neve Tsuf, north west of Ramallah, and stabbed four Israeli civilians. Three of the victims died as a result of their wounds, and one was evacuated to Shaare Tzedek hospital. The assailant was shot by a neighbor.
A 60-year-old man, a 60-year-old woman, and a 40 year-old-man were killed and a woman, approximately 60-years-old, was hospitalized.
The hospital reported on Saturday morning that the hospitalized woman had undergone surgery overnight and her condition was now considered serious but “good.” Israeli media reported that she was informed of the three deaths following surgery.
The initial investigation into the attack determined that Abed, 19, carried out the assault alone.
He walked three kilometers from his village of Kobar to Halamish armed with a knife he bought a few days earlier. Carrying a backpack with a Koran, wallet and bottle of water, he arrived at the family’s home, close to the entrance of the settlement.
He is believed to have “purified himself” with the bottle of water before entering the home and stabbing to death Salomon and his two adult children.
The attack ended when Abed was shot in the stomach by the victims’ neighbor, an off-duty Oketz unit soldier, who heard screams from the home next door and shot through the window of the house, seriously wounding the attacker. Abed was later hospitalized and is now in the hands of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
- NBC News: The Canadian born suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing the officer multiple law enforcement sources say.
The officer was taken to the hospital. Michigan State Police said the officer is in critical condition.
Police identified the injured officer as Lt. Jeff Neville. Bishop International Airport was evacuated and is closed.
Police said a suspect has been taken into custody. The airport released the following statement:
“All passengers are safe and are being evacuated at this time. Please check with your airline for potential cancellations or delays.”
The FBI is leading the investigation. The Flint City Hall began operating under heightened security in an abundance of caution after the incident.
“Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning,” Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. “My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day. I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control. However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe.”
A man has been arrested on suspicion of posting an offensive Facebook post about the London Finsbury Park attack.
Police said a 37-year-old, believed to be the son of an owner of the Rhondda Cynon Taff company whose van was used in Monday’s attack, is in custody.
Richard Evans allegedly posted: “It’s a shame they don’t hire out steam rollers or tanks could have done a tidy job then.”
suspected suicide bomber who allegedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before triggering an explosion at Brussels Central Station has been gunned down and killed by soldiers.
Shots rang out soon after 8pm on Tuesday as police and soldiers moved in to ‘neutralise’ the man, who was said to be ‘threatening rail passengers’ in what is being considered as a terrorist incident.
The attacker was not confirmed dead for several hours after being shot as medics could not approach him for fear that the explosives strapped to him could go off, official authorities said.
Initial reports suggested the suspect – described as being ‘tanned, well-built and in his 30s’ – was wearing an explosive vest or rucksack, while witnesses later claimed he tried to blow up a trolley or a suitcase.
Terrified passengers inside the station ran towards the tracks as they tried to avoid the blast while tourists outside fled in panic. Within a few minutes the busy nearby shops and restaurants were shut down.
A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had at the Central Station and evacuated the city’s famed Grand Place square 650 feet away while checking to see if there more hazards.
The suspect was shot by soldiers who were already patrolling the station when they swooped on the attacker. There were no other casualties and police quickly said the situation was ‘under control’.
Read more: Fresh terror in Brussels: Suspected suicide bomber ‘shouts Allahu Akhbar and triggers an explosion’ at city’s central station as he is shot dead by soldiers before he can get close to passengers
A nursery worker on her way to work was attacked by three women chanting the Koran and ‘Allah”.
‘They pulled her to the ground, punched her, kicked her. One of them pulled out a knife and cut her arm from her wrist to her elbow. “
A nursery worker was left with broken ribs after she was kicked to the ground and slashed with a Stanley knife by three women chanting ‘Allah will get you’.
Karrien Stevens, who runs Little Diamonds Nursery in Hermon Hill, London said a member of staff was punched, kicked and slashed with a ‘Stanley knife’ while on her way to work this morning.
The victim, named as Katie, was walking down Wanstead High Street, in north-east London, when she was set upon and knifed, according to her boss.
She was attacked from behind and then stabbed in the arm as her assailants chanted ‘Allah’, however police are not treating it as a terrorist incident
Nearby schools sent out emails telling parents they were on ‘lockdown’ after the attack at about 9.30am.
The nursery boss said the victim, who is in her 30s, described the attackers as ‘Asian girls’. They ran off when a man came to the rescue and walked her to her workplace.
‘After it happened she was very shook up, very emotional, but she’s in hospital now,’ Ms Stevens said.
‘She’s had stitches and had some cracked ribs but she’ll be fine, she’s going to be discharged later today.’
Attacks reported at Tehran parliament, Khomeini shrine
Authorities in Tehran responded Wednesday to a pair of attacks across the city that took place at the country’s parliament building and a shrine for the country’s late leader, two state news agencies reported.
Four “terrorists”– including a suicide bomber– attacked the shrine of the late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing a security guard and wounding four, Iran’s state TV website reported.
One of the attackers was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested, the state TV report said.
Iranian media reported a shooting earlier inside the parliament building that wounded a security guard, without providing further details.
A lawmaker in Iran told state TV that three assailants—including two with AK-47s and one with a pistol—entered parliament, Reuters reported. The doors in the building were shut and locked and one of the attackers is reportedly surrounded by guards. Eight people were reportedly injured.