French President Emmanuel Macron voiced solidarity with Spain on Thursday after a deadly van rampage in Barcelona.
"I didn't see any of the bodies or anything, or the driver, but I caught it out of the corner of my eye and heard it right behind me", explained one witness. In July 2015, a hooded attacker opened fire outside a hotel in downtown Barcelona near Las Ramblas boulevard, leaving two people injured, police said.
A policeman stands next to an ambulance after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017.
Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spain's biggest football clubs, both held a minute's silence before training on Friday. It was also reported that the attackers abandoned the van and fled the scene. The city also closed down nearby metro stations, with authorities telling people to stay away from the area.
According to Fox News, El Periodico said that the CIA warned Barcelona's police force, Mossos d'Esquadra, of a possible attack two months ago.
"We would like to show our solidarity with the victims and their families in these difficult times", coach Ernesto Valverde said.
Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, announced the death on Friday as he said authorities were in the process of "still confirming the injuries and deaths of others".
Police believe the suspected jihadist cell suffered a setback on Wednesday night when their bomb-making materials blew up prematurely in a house in the Catalan town of Alcanar.
He said "there is no doubt it was intentional", according to TVE24.