(Good Morning America) – 5 Terrorists Dead: Five alleged terrorists were killed in a shootout with police in Spain’s Catalonia region early Friday following deadly attacks there that killed at least 14 people and injured more than 100 others, according to Spanish authorities.
Among the victims who died is an American citizen, the U.S. Department of State confirmed Friday. Catalan police said the alleged terrorists, who wore fake suicide vests and were armed with knives, were killed in the coastal town of Cambrils early Friday after striking pedestrians and police there with an Audi A3 vehicle. Four people, including a police officer, were injured in the vehicle-ramming attack and one civilian, a woman, was killed, according to Catalonia’s emergency services.
Another 13 people were killed in Barcelona on Thursday when a white van mowed down a crowd of pedestrians along the city’s famous La Rambla Boulevard, a popular tourist destination that was packed with people at the time. At least 100 others were injured, according to police.
Catalan police official Josep Lluis Trapero said at a press conference Friday that investigators still have not conclusively identified the driver, who was at large after fleeing on foot. But one of the five alleged terrorists killed in Cambrils could potentially be the driver in Barcelona, Trapero added.
Trapero said four people have been detained in connection to the incidents in Cambrils and Barcelona — three of them are Moroccan nationals and the other is Spanish from Melilla, a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa. The detainees are ages 21, 27, 28 and 34.
So far, none of the detainees have any known ties to terrorism, but they do have criminal records, Trapero said.