Early Friday, Catalan police reported they had killed five terrorists wearing suicide belts in a shootout, after they drove their Audi A3 into pedestrians in Camrbils, two hours’ drive south of Barcelona. Six civilians and one police officer were knocked over and injured. One terrorist brandished a knife.The bomb belts were detonated by the police bomb squad
This attack was linked by police to Thursday’s van and restaurant attacks in Barcelona that left 13 dead and 80 injured. Two suspects were arrested in connection with the Barcelona attack, but the van’s driver is now believed to be still on the run.
The Cambrils attack was also linked to two earlier explosions at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night. Officers said suspects had been preparing explosives. Inside the house, a woman was found dead and a man injured in critical condition. The other 15 injured are thought to be neighbors. In the house, which police believe was occupied for a few months, they found around 20 canisters of butane and propane gas.