ISIS Claims Responsibility For Barcelona Attack


The Islamic State’s official news agency claimed responsibility for the vehicular terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday, Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence group reports.

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.

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.

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