The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a car attack in Barcelona on Thursday that saw a rented van plow through crowds at a famous tourist area, killing at least thirteen people and injuring roughly 100 more.
Police have arrested two people in connection to the deadly attack, but initial reports indicate that neither was the driver of the white van that sped along the Las Ramblas pedestrian area, which sees thousands of tourists and locals pass through on foot every day, BBC News reported. The driver fled the scene on foot.
Authorities also confirmed that a man who drove into police officers at a checkpoint in another part of Barcelona was fatally shot by officers, but no connection to the Las Ramblas attack has been found. However, a Wednesday night explosion at a house outside Barcelona that killed one person has been connected to the latest incident.
Shortly after the attack, police released the photo of a Moroccan man named Driss Oubakir, whose documents were used to rent the van used in the attack. Oubakir has reportedly told police that his identity was stolen, with the mayor of the town where Oubakir lives claiming that a man identifying himself as such reported his personal documents stolen at a local police station.
Of the two suspects who are in custody, one is a Moroccan citizen and the other is a Spanish citizen from Melilla, a Spanish territory in Africa that is surrounded by Morroccan land. Neither of the men appear to have a criminal background and police did not specify whether they are suspected of planning or executing the attack.
In a statement published by its Amaq news agency, ISIS took responsibility for the attack, which was purportedly carried out by âIslamic State soldiers.â No further evidence tying the notorious terrorist group to the attack was given.