Spain mounts a sweeping anti-terror operation after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks. Samantha Vadas reports.
The van that ploughed through crowds of tourists in Barcelona was towed away early on Friday (August 18) from the scene of carnage and devastation as a manhunt got underway for the suspect behind the wheel. At least 13 people are dead and more than 100 are wounded in the brutal attack claimed by Islamic State. "I want to express the solidarity of the whole of Spain with Barcelona, today hit by jihadist terrorism, like other cities around the world before it," said Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. A sweeping anti-terror operation has been launched with Spanish police killing five attackers in Cambrils a town south of Barcelona, foiling what authorities say was a planned terrorist attack linked to the deadly rampage. Two men have been arrested, one in the town of Ripoll, the other in Alcanar, where an explosion, also linked to the violence Barcelona, went off earlier in the day, killing one person. So far, it's unclear how many people could be behind the various assaults. Vehicle attacks have killed more than 100 people in Europe over the past year. This latest incident comes during Barcelona's peak tourist season and there are fears that the death toll could rise.