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MoF: No injured or killed Bulgarians in Barcelona Terror Attacks

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MoF: No injured or killed Bulgarians in Barcelona Terror Attacks

(August 18, 2017, Sofia) So far there has been no information of injured or killed Bulgarian nationals in yesterday's terror attacks in Barcelona, Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoF) has said.


The local authorities are still identifying the victims' bodies and the death of a Belgian national has been confirmed.


The relatives of two Bulgarian families living in Barcelona have alerted the media that they cannot get in touch with them.


Five terrorists wearing fake suicide belts have been shot dead by police after ramming civilians with a car in a Spanish seaside town in a second attack to hit the country.


Seven people, including a police officer, were injured in the vehicle attack in Cambrils - hours after a rampaging van driver left 13 people dead and more than 100 wounded around 70 miles away in Barcelona.


Bystanders ran for their lives as gunfire broke out close to the coastal town's beachfront promenade early on Friday morning. Residents were ordered to take cover indoors as bullets tore through the air.


In the wake of the carnage in Cambrils, several controlled blasts were carried out in the area. Police said the attackers had been wearing explosive belts, which experts later concluded were fake.


Investigators said they are working on the theory that the attacks in Cambrils and Barcelona, as well as an explosion in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday, are linked.


A major manhunt for the driver of the van that mowed down holidaymakers and locals on Las Ramblas - a popular tourist thoroughfare in Barcelona - is continuing.


Two people have so far been arrested over the attack, including Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Moroccan who is believed to have rented the van used in Barcelona.


On Friday morning, a third person was arrested in the Spanish city of Ripoll. It is unknown if this is the suspected van driver, who fled unarmed.


The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest on Spanish soil since more than 190 people died in the Madrid train bombs in 2004.



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