Death toll rises in Spain attack, second plot stopped in early morning shootout

In the aftermath of a terror attack for which ISIS has taken credit, the European country of Spain is carrying out a major anti-terror operation Friday in an effort to capture the Islamic terrorist who drove into pedestrians on the main street in Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100. Authorities say at least 15 of the injured people remain in serious condition.

The victims of the Islamic terrorist attack span from 24 different countries.

Driss Oukabir, a French citizen of Moroccan origin, was thought to be the Muslim extremist who drove the van into the innocent victims. Authorities had found his ID in the van, but Oukabir quickly turned himself into police, denying any involvement in the terror plot and claiming his documents were stolen, possibly by his brother, who is now the main suspect.

According to Fox News, “local police have detained three men, including a Moroccan, a man from Spain’s autonomous African city of Melilla, and one man whose identity was unknown. Two of the men did not drive the van. The third man’s arrest circumstances remain unknown.”

While authorities are trying to piece together the puzzle surrounding the attack, officers stopped a second terror attack in Cambrils, a town south of Barcelona overnight.  Authorities killed five suspects equipped with bomb belts, trying to replicate the earlier attack in Barcelona. The belts were found to be fake. Seven people were injured in the incident, including two seriously.

The second attack has been confirmed by authorities to be linked to the attack in central Barcelona.

The terror attack on Thursday was the deadliest attack in Spain since the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 192 people.

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