Breaking: Spanish Police Kill 4 Terrorists in Cambrils

BBC

Spanish police say they have killed four people in Cambrils to stop what they say was a second attempted attack after an earlier one in Barcelona.

Police warned people to stay off the streets, with shots reported in the port of Cambrils.

Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area on Thursday afternoon.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was a “jihadist attack”.

Another attacker was injured by the police gunfire in Cambrils, a police spokeswoman said.

Spanish media reported that the Cambrils attackers struck several people with a van early on Friday morning, leaving them injured, in what appeared to be an attempt to replicate the Barcelona attack.

Tourists and locals fled when a rented vehicle sped down Las Ramblas in the centre of the city, mowing down people.

Two people have been arrested, but police say neither was the driver, who fled on foot.

So-called Islamic State has said it was behind the van attack in Las Ramblas, saying in a brief statement carried by its Amaq news agency that it was carried out by “Islamic State soldiers”. The group gave no further evidence or details to back this claim.

The authorities also say an explosion on Wednesday evening at a house outside Barcelona that left one person dead was connected to the Las Ramblas attack.

Dozens of gas cylinders were found at the house in the town of Alcanar, about 100km (60 miles) south west of Barcelona, and Reuters quoted a police source as saying residents were preparing explosives.

In another incident, police shot dead a man who drove into officers at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Barcelona, but the authorities said there was no evidence that he was connected to the attack in Las Ramblas.

Police have released a photo of a man named as Driss Oubakir, whose documents were used to rent the van involved in the attack.

Local media say he is in his 20s, and was born in Morocco. However, latest reports suggest he has told police he was not involved, and that his documents were stolen.

The attack happened at the height of the season in one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.

Witnesses said the van deliberately targeted people, weaving from side to side as it drove down the boulevard.

Vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of attacks across Europe since July last year.

Laughing my bleeping bleep off at the virtue signaling on Twitter:

Pathetic! These Tweeters are the same ones demonizing Trump as a Nazi for having the gall to show how to deal with Muslim sh*t.

OK, taking a dinner break now. Won’t be back for a few hours unless there’s big breaking news.

ISIS Takes Credit for Barcelona Terrorist Attack

NORMALCY BEFORE THE ATTACK.

There’s a simple answer to Muslim attacks in the West: Ban Muslims.

In the meantime, “thoughts and prayers” blah, blah, blah.

Hey guys, light a candle. That’ll show those mean old Muslims.

Excerpt from The Atlantic

Authorities in Barcelona are confirming 13 deaths and 50 injuries in what they are describing as a terrorist attack at Las Ramblas, the popular tourist attraction that was immortalized in George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.

Authorities said a van was driven onto a sidewalk and hit pedestrians. A suspect was arrested more than an hour after the incident, police said, describing the suspect as a “terrorist attacker.” Police in Barcelona said unconfirmed reports of a second attacker holed up in a bar were false.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, its mouthpiece—though the extent of the group’s direct involvement is not known. Although ISIS has steadily lost ground in Syria and Iraq, it maintains the ability to claim attacks in Europe, though it is unclear if the group is behind the operational planning of those attacks or whether it merely inspires its attackers through social media. El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, quoting anonymous officials identified the attacker as a Moroccan-born man named Driss Oukabir. Spanish authorities identified him as the man who had rented the van used in the attack.

Recent attacks in other European cities have been claimed by Islamists who claim they were inspired by ISIS. However, Barcelona has been the site of recent anti-tourism protests and anarchists had recently warned they would strike British tourists in Europe; Barcelona is a popular tourist destination.

Spain has had a long history with terrorism, but much of the violence was carried out by ETA, the Basque separatist group, which declared a truce in 2011. Catalonia, where Barcelona is located, is home to a powerful separatist sentiment, but that secessionist movement has not been violent. The most high-profile recent attack, however, was attributed to al-Qaeda in 2004 when near-simultaneous attacks on Madrid’s commuter train system killed 192 people and injured more than 2,000. Those attacks, which came three days before the country was set to vote in general elections, was the worst in Spanish history.

The Spanish government maintains a national terrorism alert level in response to terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere, as well as information held by its security agencies. Since 2015 the Spanish authorities have assessed the threat level as “high”, the second highest level (Level 4 out of 5). The current alert level is available on the Spanish Interior Ministry’s website (in Spanish).Although not a target of the scale of attack seen in 2004, Spain maintains its alert level at 4, the second-highest level. It has been at that level since 2015. Enhanced security measures were directed at crowded spaces, prominent buildings, and mosques, according to Euronews.

The El Pais report noted that since 2005 Spain has arrested more than 700 people in connection with terrorism convicted dozens, and imprisoned 120 people. It has also, the newspaper reported, foiled several attacks during the planning stage. But the manner of Thursday’s attack shows that despite the best preparations it’s difficult to stop a man in a truck from causing harm.

Twitter is alive tonight with a mix of the stupid and the sane:

Sadiq Khan Responds to Muslim Fears of White British Terrorism

When the dead and injured were whites victimized by Muslims, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the city they would just have to get used to it.

The proverbial shoe is now on the proverbial other foot.

A white man succeeded in killing one Muslim and injuring several more last week. Now, it’s a CRISIS.

NBC News

LONDON — Authorities have pledged to protect British Muslims in the wake of Monday’s terror attack outside a London mosque, amid rising hostility and fears of more copycat atrocities.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said he would increase the number of police outside mosques as he revealed there had been a spike in hate crime following attacks on London Bridge and Britain’s parliament.

The city’s police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said Monday’s attack, which hit worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan, was clearly “an attack on Muslims.”

Local residents told NBC News they no longer feel safe.

“We’re scared there is no safety,” said Finsbury Park resident Joi Mario, who is a practising Muslim. “People are always blaming Muslims [for attacks]. Of course people are going to hate us,” he said.

In the six days following the London Bridge terror attack, London’s Metropolitan police recorded 120 Islamophobic incidents compared to 36 during the preceding week, according to the Mayor’s office.

Police also recorded 381 racist hate crimes, compared to 313 the week before, the mayor’s office said.

Tell MAMA, a U.K. organisation that monitors anti-Muslim attacks, also detected a sharp rise in such incidents following the May 22 terrorist attack in Manchester, when a suicide-bomber attacked young concertgoers leaving an Ariana Grande gig. The number jumped from 25 in the week before the attack to 139 the following week, according to the organization. The vast majority were recorded in the local area.

Vowing “zero-tolerance” of hate crime, Khan said London would remain “uncowed by terrorism” and would “carry on being a united city.”

Britain’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said extra resources to protect communities would remain in place “for as long as is needed.”

Musloids Claim Officials Slow to Label Finsbury Park a ‘terror attack’ Because Driver is ‘white’

An initial post about the van attack that ran over Muslims, killing one and injuring eight, can be read here.

Since that quick post just after the attack, events have sorted out in several directions:

1. Muslims have been complaining about British officials being slow to label the “major incident” a terror attack because the driver was a white man.

2. Muslims have been lauded as heroes for not killing the van’s driver.

Let’s see what new restrictions on freedom will come forth as a consequence of this incident. Following the last one, Teresa May blamed the Internet and threatened to regulate it even more heavily.

Here’s the story of the whining Musloids of London:

news.com.au

THERE were angry scenes at London’s Finsbury Park crash site as bystanders and commentators accused officials of being reluctant to declare the incident a terror attack because the driver was “white”.

Police said in a statement there were “a number of casualties” after a van ploughed into pedestrians believed to have just finished worshipping after breaking the Ramadan fast at the Finsbury Park mosque. At least one person has died and 10 are injured. One person has been arrested following incident that happened about 12.20am local time.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May first described the situation as a “terrible incident”. She later confirmed police were treating the incident as “a potential terrorist attack”.

“Police have confirmed this is being treated as a potential terrorist attack,” Ms May said.

“I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning.

“All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene.”

Earlier, anger and frustration was mounting over accusations that officials were refusing to declare the incident as being terror related because the driver was “white” and had reportedly targeted Muslims.

One witness claimed the people who allegedly mowed down the victims were “white terrorists”.

Another witness said the driver screamed “I want to kill all Muslims” before ploughing into pedestrians.

The Muslim Council of Britain head Harun Khan said the van had “intentionally” run over people leaving night prayers for the holy month of Ramadan.

The council’s deputy head Miqdaad Versi said the incident took place “outside the Muslim Welfare House”, which is on Seven Sisters Road near the mosque.

BBC reporter Nick Robinson said “Muslims in Finsbury Park tell me this attack must be treated as what it is”.

“It’s terrorism … just like the attack on Westminster bridge,” a witness told the BBC.

Here are some commonsense Twitter reactions:

“Major Incident” as Van Plows into Pedestrians Outside London Mosque: Possible Revenge Attack?

There appears to be an assumption that the London van attack tonight was conducted by a British-European man. Let’s not ignore the possibility that a disgruntled Muslim decided to go after his fellow Muslims while motivated by revenge.

Here is the little of what we know right now, followed by a series of Tweets by British “racist” Tommy Robinson, who’s done his share of jail time for criticizing Muslim terrorists.

metro.co.uk

There have been a ‘number of casualties’ after a van reportedly hit pedestrians outside a mosque near Finsbury Park.

Police said they are dealing with a ‘major incident’ with the ambulance service also attending Seven Sisters road in North London.

Roads in the area have been blocked off.

‘There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene,’ police said.

‘There has been one person arrested.

‘Enquiries continue. More information will be released when confirmed.’

Unconfirmed witness reports said some of those hit were Muslims, who had been leaving the mosque after evening prayers during Ramadan.

British nationalist Tommy Robinson is Tweeting as events unfold in London: