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18th Aug 2017

Irish family injured in Barcelona terror attack

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Anna O'Rourke

An Irish family is believed to have been caught up in yesterday’s terror attack in Barcelona.

Thirteen people died and over a hundred more were injured when a vehicle ploughed into the busy street of Las Ramblas in the Spanish city yesterday afternoon.

A husband and wife, originally from the Philippines but now naturalised Irish citizens,  and their two children were holidaying in Barcelona when the attack took place, according to RTÉ.

It’s believed that some of the family members were hurt but that their injuries are non-life threatening.

Meanwhile, a second terror attack has been prevented in Spain overnight.

Spanish police say they shot a number of men carrying out another vehicle attack in the town of Cambrils, around 120 m away from Barcelona, reports The Telegraph.

Seven people, including a police officer, were injured when an Audi A3 car appeared to have deliberately hit them in the town the early hours of this morning.

Police shot five suspected terrorists in this incident, some of whom were reportedly wearing suicide belts.

Two men are in custody in connection with yesterday’s Barcelona attack, which has been claimed by ISIS.

A getaway van believed to have been used by the perpetrator of the initial attack yesterday was found some 80km from Barcelona.