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What We Know About the Attacks in Spain

The authorities say they foiled what would have been a larger attack. But the suspects, who had fake explosives strapped to their bodies, were able to drive their car into a crowd of people, injuring six civilians. A police officer was also hurt.

Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s interior minister, told a local radio station that the second event “follows the same trail,” adding: “There is a connection.”

Who is suspected?

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack, but the authorities have not yet confirmed the group’s involvement.

The police arrested two men on Thursday, neither of whom is accused of driving the van. A Spaniard from the Spanish territory of Melilla in Morocco was arrested in Alcanar, where the police said they were investigating a possible link to what was initially believed to be a gas explosion there on Wednesday. The man was not named.

The second man, Driss Oukabar, a French citizen of Moroccan origin, turned himself in to the police in Ripoll, a city about 65 miles north of Barcelona. He claimed that his identity documents, discovered in the attack van, had been stolen and that his brother was responsible, according to local news reports.

On Friday, the police announced the arrest of a third man in Ripoll in connection with the night’s attacks. No details about that suspect were released.

Who are the victims?

Details have only begun to emerge about the dead and injured, who the Spanish authorities said were from at least 34 countries.

Twenty-six French were wounded, with 11 in serious condition, France’s foreign minister said. A Belgian was reported to have been killed, and Australia’s foreign minister said an Australian citizen was unaccounted for. The Chinese Consulate in Barcelona said a Hong Kong resident had been slightly injured.

What We Don’t Know

• The identity of the driver of the van in Barcelona, and the breadth of the conspiracy.

• The extent of the Islamic State’s involvement. If involved, did the group order or merely inspire the attacks?

• The names and nationalities of the victims.

Source: NYT > World

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