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18 August 2017, 09:30 | Santos West
Ukrainians are among the victims
Officials are also linking the two attacks to an earlier explosion that destroyed a house in Alcanar, killing one person and wounding at least one more.
The first attack began shortly after 5pm local time (4pm BST), when a white Fiat van sped through Las Ramblas, a busy street in Barcelona.
Amaq said ISIL had launched the attack in response to calls to target states taking part in the US-led coalition battling the group in Iraq and Syria.
So far, authorities have arrested four suspects, including three Moroccans and a Spaniard, none of whom had a criminal record related to "terrorism", police said.
Police cordon off a nearby street following a terrorist attack in central Barcelona, Spain, on August 18, 2017.
"Because of that the attack in Barcelona and the one in Cambrils were carried out in a bit more rudimentary way than the one they had initially planned". Police now believe the explosions were caused by terrorists who were preparing explosives, and not by a faulty gas pipe.
Thirteen people died Thursday when a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.
Another suspect, a man from Spain's north African enclave of Melilla, was taken into custody in Alcanar on Thursday, police said.
Six people, including one police officer, were injured during the incident in Cambrils.
Citizens from at least 18 countries are among the dead and injured in the terrorist attack in Barcelona, when a van was used to mow down pedestrians. Various Spanish media said the IDs with his name were found in the attack van and that he claimed his brother might have stolen them.
In Cambrils, seven people including a police officer were wounded when a auto was driven into a group of people earlier on today in a similar attack to yesterday's in Barcelona, according to Catalan emergency services.
Catalan authorities say the attacks are linked. They refused to say if he was one of the two detained.
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