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Barcelona attacks harden divisions between Spain and Catalonia

Barcelona attacks harden divisions between Spain and Catalonia

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on August 17-18 in Barcelona and Cambrils that also left more than 120 injured. Five are in a critical condition.

Hours later, a auto sped into Cambrils some 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, hitting people before crashing into a police vehicle.

In addition to the 13 killed by the van, two others were killed during the driver's getaway and in a separate vehicle and knife attack in the Catalan coastal resort of Cambrils.

Half a million people took part in a colorful peace protest in Barcelona on Saturday after Spain's Catalonia region was hit with two terror attacks that killed 16 people.

Earlier, Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido stated that the terror cell behind Spain's deadly twin attacks cell was believed to have consisted of at least twelve persons.

The remaining attackers then made a decision to use hired vans for the assault in Barcelona and another hours later in the resort town of Cambrils.

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The massive march was led by #King Felipe Vi, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's regional government head.

The marchers carried signs and banners that read, "No to Islamophobia", "The best response: Peace", and "I'm not afraid".

King Felipe was booed when he joined a memorial march on Saturday.

Protesters also added their tributes to a mountain of roses laid at Las Ramblas, where a driver plowed a van into crowds on August 17, killing 14 people and leaving more than 100 others injured.

A woman was also killed in Cambrils in a stabbing spree by the five occupants of a auto that drove at pedestrians before crashing into a police vehicle.

In the northeastern town of Ripoll, home for numerous attackers, members of the local Muslim community and other residents gathered on Saturday in a central square to condemn the deadly attacks. Four other people were arrested over the assaults, two of whom have now been released on certain conditions.


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