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US: 1 American Killed In Spain Vehicle Attacks


Two strangers embrace at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims of the terrorist attack, on the historic street of Las Ramblas, in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Aug. 18, 2017.

Two strangers embrace at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims of the terrorist attack, on the historic street of Las Ramblas, in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Aug. 18, 2017.

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The State Department says at least one American was killed and one was injured in the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.

A van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone.

Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terror attack.

The late afternoon attack in the city’s Las Ramblas district left victims sprawled in the historic street, spattered with blood or writhing in pain from broken limbs. Others were ushered inside shops by officers with their guns drawn or fled in panic, screaming and carrying young children in their arms.

The department said Friday that diplomats from the U.S. consulate in Barcelona are continuing to work with local authorities to identify victims and provide assistance to Americans.

The department did not identify either of the Americans, but said the injured person suffered only a minor wound.

Spanish authorities are still investigating whether a car that rammed a police checkpoint in the confused hours after the Barcelona van attack on Thursday was linked to the bloodshed in the city.

Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said the driver of a Ford Focus rammed the control post and wounded a sergeant. Another officer shot at the car, which stopped, he said.

Police found a dead body inside and first thought they had shot and killed the person, but forensic reports showed it was a knife wound.

Trapero said a second person may have been in the car. He said it was unclear how or whether it was linked to the other attacks in Spain on Thursday and Friday.

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