Spain hunts driver who killed 13 In Barcelona; Authorities foil related bomb plot

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The death toll from two suspected militant attacks in Spain on August 17 rose to 14 people as the hunt continued for the main culprit in one of the attacks — the driver of a van who rammed into crowds in the center of Barcelona.

People leave a cordoned off area in Barcelona after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 13 people and injuring several others on Aug. 17.

Thirteen people died in the Aug. 17 Barcelona attack, while one woman died on Aug. 18 from injuries sustained the previous day in a separate attack in Cambrils, a town south of Barcelona.

Five people wearing fake suicide vests were shot dead by police in that attack after they drove a car into people, injuring several passers-by. Police said the Cambrils incident was connected to the van attack in Barcelona.

Thousands of people, among them King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, held a minute of silence on Aug. 18 at noon in Barcelona’s main square for attack victims.

The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on Barcelona’s most famous avenue, Las Ramblas, which was packed with tourists.

The death toll could rise, with more than 100 injured, authorities said.

The injured and dead came from 24 countries, authorities said on August 18.