A “jihadist” van attack that killed at least 13 people in Barcelona city centre has been linked to an explosion 100 miles away. A white van mounted the pavement of Las Ramblas, the main tourist area in the city, and struck dozens of people at around 5pm on Thursday.
Two people have been arrested over the attack but police are still hunting the driver of the vehicle, who is said to have fled on foot. Islamic State said it was responsible; Spain’s Prime Minister described it as a “jihadist attack”. Authorities have confirmed that at least 13 people have died and at least 100 have been injured but said the number of dead could rise.
A police official said the van attack is being linked to an explosion in the tourist district of Alcanar in which one person was killed, about 100 miles (160km) southwest of Barcelona. The house blast in the village of Alcanar Platja on Wednesday afternoon killed one occupant, seriously injured another and injured another six nearby, including some foreigners from France, Italy and Morocco.