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Summary

  1. 14 killed and dozens injured in attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils
  2. Van crashed into crowds at Barcelona's tourist hotspot Las Ramblas, killing 13
  3. Five suspects shot dead by police in Cambrils, south-west of Barcelona, after another car attack killed one and injured six
  4. Key suspect in Barcelona attack, Moussa Oukabir was among those killed in Cambrils, police confirm
  5. Four other people have been arrested, one suspect still on run
  6. Citizens of some 34 countries killed or injured

Live Reporting

By David Walker and Kelly-Leigh Cooper

All times stated are UK

Live coverage ends

We are now pausing our live updates following the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

Here are the main points:

  • The key suspect in the Barcelona attack, Moussa Oukabir, was among five people shot dead by police in Cambrils, police have confirmed
  • Three others on the wanted list were also among the bodies identified. A fourth suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, is still unaccounted for, reports say
  • All the suspects were of Moroccan background.
  • Thirteen people died when a van was driven into crowds on Las Ramblas on Thursday
  • A woman died when a car was driven into pedestrians in Cambrils hours later
  • Police say the attackers were plotting an even bigger attack which was thwarted following an explosion at a house in Alcanar on Wednesday.

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One suspect 'still unaccounted for'

Younes Abouyaaqoub
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Younes Abouyaaqoub, pictured, is still being sought by police, according to media reports. Investigators are quoted as saying that the three others they were searching for - Moussa Oukabir, Sais Aallaa and Mohamed Hycham - were among the five people shot dead by police in Cambrils.

Four other people have been arrested in connection with the Barcelona attack.

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'Bodies of three suspects identified'

Spanish media, quoting police, say investigators have now identified the bodies of three of the four people they were still looking for in connection with the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks. They all died in Cambrils.

The only person still on the run is reported to be Younes Abouyaaqoub, who was born in Morocco but lived in Ripoll.

BreakingKey suspect among five dead in Cambrils

The key suspect in the Barcelona attack, Moussa Oukabir, is among the five suspects shot dead in Cambrils, police have confirmed

Police said earlier it was possible that the suspected driver of the van was among those killed, but they were not certain.

Barca players plan match tribute

Barcelona's famous football team will have the hashtag #TotssomBarcelona [We are all Barcelona] embroidered on the fronts of their shirts when they Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.

Permission for the tribute to the victims of Thursday attacks was granted by the Spanish football federation. Players will also wear black armbands.

Barcelona rejects hate after attacks

A man lights a candle in an impromptu memorial a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona
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From bringing flowers to challenging haters, people are pushing back after the day of terror.

A man lights a candle in an impromptu memorial a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona

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Victims named

So far three of the dead in the Barcelona attack have been named. They are Spaniard Francisco López Rodríguez, in his 60s, and two Italians - Bruno Gulotta, 35 and Luca Russo, 25.

One Belgian and one US citizen, both unnamed, have also been confirmed dead.

Bruno Gulotta
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Bruno Gulotta, one of those known to have died

Police hunt suspects in Ripoll

Armed police in Ripoll
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There has been a heavy police presence in the town of Ripoll, north of Barcelona, where three of the four suspects still wanted in connection with the attacks are from.

Three people already in custody are also from Ripoll. Armed officers searched flats in the town on Friday, witnesses said.

Eight French seriously injured

Eight of the 28 French citizens injured in the Barcelona attack, among them four children, are in a serious condition, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.

Mr Le Drian, who was visiting victims, said he thought 28 was a definitive figure and there were no French dead.

Rival protests in Las Ramblas

A small protest by far-right Falangists in central Barcelona has been met by anti-fascists. Spanish media say police are separating the two sides but there have been some altercations.

An anti-fascist protester (R) confronts a Falangist
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An anti-fascist protester (R) confronts a Falangist
Anti-fascists march in Las Ramblas
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Anti-fascists march on Las Ramblas

Barcelona stands strong after attack

Tributes in Barcelona
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A day after the horrific van attack, the people of Barcelona are setting out to reclaim their beloved city, the BBC's Patrick Jackson writes.

Under the watchful eyes of armed police, they streamed around the city centre on foot, strolling up and down the re-opened boulevards of Las Ramblas. By a tree where candles and flowers have been placed, the sound of several women crying can be heard. Elsewhere, a man with a guitar leads others in a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.

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Crowds gather to remember victims

Tributes to victims of Barcelona attack
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A makeshift memorial to those who died has been set up in Barcelona at the scene of Thursday's attack.

Thousands of people have flocked there, many carrying flowers and other tributes.

Brussels to pay tribute to Barcelona Victims

The mayor of Brussels has announced the city will pay tribute to the victims of yesterday's attack with a minute's applause, instead of silence, at a fireworks display on Friday night.

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Brussels suffered a terror attack in March 2016 that killed 32 people. The city was also a hub for those wanted in connection with other European attacks.

BreakingPolice release images of four suspects

Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa, Mohamed Hychami and Younes Abouyaaqoub
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Catalan police have released names and mugshots of four men wanted in connection with Thursday's attacks.

Moussa Oukabir, 17, is thought to be the van driver, although it is not yet clear if he was one of five killed by police in Cambrils.

The three other men: Said Aallaa, Mohamed Hychami and Younes Abouyaaqoub are believed to be Moroccan nationals living in the town in Ripoll, and are aged between 18 and 24.

Four men have already been arrested in connection to the attacks.

Catalan president visits Cambrils

Catalan leader visitis town where five suspects were shot dead
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Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has visited Cambrils, where five attackers were shot dead after driving a car at civilians last night, killing one.

He said: "I want to convey a message to the people, of calm and confidence. We can all help one another as we fight against terrorism.

"In this way we will recover normality again. We shall live - united together - in the civilised world which we have chosen."

Barcelona 'not afraid'

'We are not afraid' sign in Barcelona
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Eight French among seriously injured

French ForeignMinister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a press conference in Barcelona on August 18, 2017
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France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says eight French citizens, including four children, were seriously injured in Thursday's attack in Barcelona.

In all, 28 French nationals were among those hurt in the attacks, he adds. Mr Le Drian visited some of the injured in Barcelona on Friday.

Berlin tribute to Spanish victims

Memorial in Berlin to victims of Spanish attacks
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A memorial for victims of the Spanish attacks has been set up in Berlin, which suffered a similar tragedy last December when a truck was driven into a Christmas market, killing 12 people.

Failure of Spanish intelligence?

What looked at first to be a lone-wolf attack by just one, or possibly two, individuals has now emerged as a complex plot involving at least eight suspects, armed with knives and explosives, writes BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner

It suggests both an element of careful planning by the perpetrators and also a failure of intelligence by the normally vigilant Spanish authorities, he adds.

Shock in German press at Spain attacks

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Germany's newspapers have reacted with shock to the attacks in Spain.

Der Tagesspiegel front page says "Terror in the heart of Barcelona", while Suedeutsche Zeitung runs the headline "Stab in the heart of the tourist metropolis".

Suedeutsche Zeitung says: "It was a targeted attack in the heart of Spanish tourism, the country’s main industry... They wanted not only to kill people, but also to sow fear among those who are planning to holiday in Spain."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung notes "the incident is likely to put security issues in focus in the Bundestag election campaign".

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Germany's front pages this morning

Doctors worked all night conducting autopsies

The emergency services in Catalonia say autopsies took place overnight:

24 médicos forenses @justiciacat han trabajado toda la noche realizando las autopsias de las personas muertas ayer #Barcelona #Cambrils

Barcelona one of 'main areas for radicalisation' in Spain

Barcelona is one of the main areas for radicalisation in Spain. Just this year there have been 14 arrests and 10 police investigations. The main reason is that there is a large Muslim community, something that Barcelona has in common with Madrid which is another radicalisation hotspot. The number of Spanish citizens who have left the country to fight in Syria and elsewhere is 178 - a tenth of the number in France. The majority have come from Ceuta and Melilla - the Spanish areas on the Moroccan coast. Those two cities are next to other parts of Morocco where there are established recruitment networks for IS. A deradicalisation programme was brought in in 2015, but it hasn’t been something that has been the main priority until recently.

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Italian father-of-two among dead

Italian national Bruno Gulotta
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Bruno Gulotta was on holiday with his young family

Bruno Gulotta, a 35-year-old father-of-two, was one of two Italian nationals killed in the attack on Las Ramblas.

Paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of their co-worker, Gulotta's colleagues said his violent death had left his wife facing "trials no-one should have to bear".

Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported that he had been walking with his wife, who managed to pull their five-year-old son from Bruno's hand to safety at the last moment.

The second victim was named by Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni as 25-year-old Luca Russo. He was in Barcelona with his girlfriend, who was also injured in the attack.

"Italy will remember Bruno Gulotta and Luca Russo and expresses its solidarity with their families," Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet.

"Freedom will triumph over barbarism and terrorism."

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One American 'among the dead'

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One of the people killed in the Spanish attacks was an American, Reuters reports, citing the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Police officer killed four in Cambrils

One police officer killed four of the attackers in Cambrils, Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero has told journalists.

Around eight hours after the van attack killed 13 people in Barcelona, an Audi A3 car ploughed into pedestrians in the seaside resort of Cambrils.

The vehicle overturned and when the attackers got out, they were shot at by police. Four died at the scene and one later died of his injuries

Some of the attackers were wearing explosive belts, which police have since confirmed were fake.

Crowds sing 'Imagine' as they pay tribute to victims

Crowds pay tribute to Barcelona victims
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At the scene

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Spontaneous singing of the John Lennon song "Imagine" broke out among those gathered to pay respects and lay tributes on Las Ramblas.

A crowd had formed a circle around the place where the van used in Thursday's attack came to a stop.

Commemorative candles and flowers are beginning to fill the area.

But a sign of just how nervous everyone is here: During the song police whistles were blown, an engine roared and many people ran for cover.

It turned out to be an emergency vehicle, but feelings are running very high despite Las Ramblas being filled once more with tourists and residents alike.

Cambrils attackers 'had axe and knives'

The Cambrils attackers managed to wound one person in the face with a knife before they were shot, Catalonia police have said.

As well as numerous knives, an axe was also found at the scene, police said through their official Twitter account.

They also confirmed the "suicide vests" the attackers used were fake.

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Trump: 'Radical Islamic terrorism must be stopped'

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to call for the courts to give back America's "protective rights" in the wake of the Spanish attacks.

Mr Trump has been arguing for tougher controls to prevent people entering the United States since before he took office.

Others have suggested the President has an anti-Muslim agenda.

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Analysis: Jihadists hope Barcelona attack will have political impact

By Mina al-Lami, media analyst

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Supporters of so-called Islamic State are hoping the attack in Barcelona will put pressure on the Spanish government to pull out of the international anti-IS coalition.

Jihadists have often praised the Madrid train bombings of 2004 that killed 192 people as a model of jihadist action that had instant results.

The 2004 attack, which was loosely linked to al-Qaeda, directly affected the results of the Spanish national elections held three days later and influenced Spain pulling its troops out of Iraq.

Jihadists considered this incident a major victory and have since longed for a similar impact.

Through attacks in its name, IS is hoping to create fear and panic among the Western electorate in the hope that they will put pressure on their governments to leave it alone.

A pro-IS channel on the messaging app Telegram has issued a flurry of posts in Arabic and Spanish. They addressed the Spanish people telling them that their government was to blame for the attack.

One post in Spanish read: "O people of Spain, do not take to the streets to protest against terrorism, for you won't gain anything. Put pressure on your government to withdraw from the Crusader coalition."

Others warned Spaniards of more attacks to come if they did not take action against their government. "O people of Spain, what happened today in #Barcelona will not end. It's just the beginning", read one post.

A prominent IS channel on Telegram called "Muhalil Askari" (military analyst) praised "the unique blow in the heart of usurped Andalusia", making reference to a part of Spain that was under Muslim caliphate rule between the years 711 and 1492.

The analysis the channel offered pointed to potential political impact.

It said: "The Barcelona attack took place in Catalonia, the region seeking to separate from Spain.

"This region is now paying the price for the politics of mainland Spain that have put it [Catalonia] in an alliance against a fierce enemy [IS] that has no mercy on its enemies."

Catalonia has announced plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on 1 October. Voters will be asked “do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a republic?”

Bigger attacks were planned, police say

General view of the debris of a house after it collapsed last night due to a gas leak explosion in the village of Alcanar, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 17 August 2017.
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The Barcelona and Cambrils attackers had been planning bigger attacks than the ones they carried out, police have said.

Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero told a press conference officers believed the group had been preparing the attacks at a home in Alcanar.

But an explosion in the house on Wednesday, which killed one person, wounded seven and destroyed material they were planning to use in the attacks, meant they had to carry them out in a "more rudimentary way", Mr Trapero said.

Three Moroccans and one Spaniard arrested

The four people arrested include three Moroccans and one Spanish national, police have said.

None of them had a criminal history relating to terrorism, police chief Josep Lluis Trapero told a press conference.

Three were arrested in the village of Ripoll and one in the town of Alcanar, where the house at the centre of the investigation exploded on Wednesday night.

The youngest person arrested was 21, while the others were 28, 34 and 27 years old, Mr Trapero said.

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Theresa May says countries must work together to confront terrorism.

'We will beat terror with solidarity, freedom and respect'

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ( L) and Catalonian Regional President Carles Puigdemont
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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalonian Regional President Carles Puigdemont

Barcelona has “sent a very clear message to the terrorists”, according to the Catalonian Regional President Carles Puigdemont.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Puigdemont, said: “We woke up concerned, but also determined to win – to win this battle against terrorism, doing it in the best ways our society has: solidarity, freedom and respect.”

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said terrorism was a "global battle".

"It is not only against us, it is against all those that defend democracy, freedom and human rights," he said.

On Saturday, Mr Rajoy said he will go to Madrid to decide whether the country's terror threat level - which is currently at level 4 - should be increased as a result of the attacks.

BreakingUK PM: 'Looking into reports of missing British child'

Theresa May has said UK authorities are "urgently" looking into reports of a missing British child.

The Prime Minister said she believed a number of British people have been caught up in the attack.

She said the missing boy had dual-nationality, but did not name him.

Earlier, appeals were launced to find a seven-year-old Australian boy who has not been seen since the attack on Las Ramblas on Thursday.

Julian Cadman had been in Barcelona with his mother, who is currently in hospital.

BreakingFourth person arrested

Spanish police say a fourth person has been arrested in relation to the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.