Amer­i­can among Spain ter­ror vic­tims

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BARCELONA, SPAIN The U.S. State De­part­ment said Fri­day that at least one Amer­i­can was killed and one was in­jured in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Spain.

A fourth per­son was ar­rested Fri­day and five sus­pects were shot dead after the van at­tack Thurs­day in Barcelona and the car at­tack in the re­sort of Cam­brils that killed a to­tal of 14 peo­ple and in­jured more than 100, au­thor­i­ties said. Cata­lan po­lice tweeted, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails, that a fourth per­son was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the two at­tacks.

The sus­pects in cus­tody are three Moroc­cans and one Spa­niard, none of them with ter­ror­ist back­grounds, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Span­ish po­lice shot dead five peo­ple in Cam­brils, a beach town south of Barcelona, early Fri­day in an in­ci­dent thought to be linked to the van at­tack. Cata­lan re­gional po­lice of­fi­cial Josep Lluis Trap­ero said a sin­gle po­lice of­fi­cer killed four of the sus­pects.

One per­son died in an ex­plo­sion at a house in Al­ca­nar on Wed­nes­day night. Of­fi­cials con­sider that in­ci­dent linked to the others.

Au­thor­i­ties have been search­ing for Moussa Ouk­abir, an 18-year-old Moroc­can, in con­nec­tion with the van at­tack. An of­fi­cial with the union for Spain’s Civil Guard po­lice force said, how­ever, that he had been told Ouk­abir was among those killed by of­fi­cers in Cam­brils early Fri­day, AP re­ported.

Thou­sands of peo­ple, in­clud­ing King Felipe VI, gath­ered in Placa Cataluna, the main square in Barcelona’s cen­ter, for a minute of si­lence Fri­day. The trib­ute ended with long ap­plause and a spon­ta­neous chant: “No tinc por” — Cata­lan for “I’m not afraid.”

Po­lice had said none of the three peo­ple ar­rested ear­lier was the driver of the white van that plowed through a pedes­trian walk­way in Las Ram­blas, a street pop­u­lar with tourists in Barcelona, killing 13 peo­ple Thurs­day. The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The over­all death toll rose to 14 Fri­day after a woman in­jured when a car plowed into pedes­tri­ans in Cam­brils died. She has not been iden­ti­fied. The car over­turned, and the at­tack­ers were shot by po­lice when they ex­ited, lo­cal me­dia re­ported. Some of the sus­pects were car­ry­ing ex­plo­sive belts, Span­ish TV re­ported.

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