The Islamic State’s official news agency claimed responsibility for the vehicular terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday, Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence group reports.
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) August 17, 2017
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 17, 2017
Amaq described the terrorists responsible as “soldiers of the Islamic State,” a term it commonly uses when claiming Western terrorist attacks.
Spanish authorities have a suspect in custody and confirmed 12 civilians were killed in the attack along with 80 injured. The van plowed at a high rate of speed through a crowded tourist area in Barcelona. The attack is the deadliest in the country’s history since the Madrid subway bombings in 2004.
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) August 17, 2017
Authorities confirmed to Spanish media that Spanish national Driss Oukabir rented the van used in the attack. Oukabir appears to have posted anti-semitic youtube videos on his Facebook page in the past.[contentcards url=”http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/17/isis-claims-responsibility-for-barcelona-attack/” target=”_blank”]
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