Police: Barcelona van attack may be connected to yesterday’s explosion

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – A senior police official in Spain’s Catalonia region says the van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona is “connected” to an explosion the night before in a town south of the city in which one person died and injured several more.

Police Major Josep Lluis Trapero also gave the nationalities of the two suspects detained Thursday. He said during a news conference that one is Moroccan and the other is a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish city on Africa’s north coast that neighbors Morocco.

Trapero says the arrests were made in the northern Catalan town of Ripoll and in Alcanar, the site of the Wednesday night explosion. He says neither detained suspect was the driver of the van used in the fatal attack in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district.

He says the man drove the attack van down the pedestrian walkway from the top of Las Ramblas to near the city’s opera house and then set out on foot. Trepero says it doesn’t appear the driver was armed.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.

 

 

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