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CT: Một vụ khủng bố bằng xe đâm vào đám đông ở Tây Ban Nha hôm nay thứ Năm 17 tháng 8 làm 13 người chết, hơn 100 người bị thương. Nhóm khủng bố Nhà nước Hồi giáo ra xưng tên nhận "thành tích sát nhân". Hung thủ lái chiếc xe giết người này hiện đang tẩu thoát. Các nhân chứng cho biết còn có hai kẻ mang đầy vũ khí nhảy ra khỏi chiếc xe van này, rồi biến mất vào trong một nhà hàng. Dưới đây là bản tin của VOA News Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack.

 

 

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Police officers and bystanders are seen attending to injured people on the ground after a van plowed through a sidewalk, at Las Ramblas, near Placa de Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 17, 2017 - Courtesy, Jordi Ramos

 

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack

 

Islamic State is claiming responsibility for Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a driver sped a van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 13 and injuring more than 100.

 

Catalonia police say two people are in custody — one from Morocco and the other from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which shares a border with Morocco on the northern coast of Africa.

 

But the van driver is apparently still on the loose and it is unclear exactly how the two in custody are connected with the attack.

 

Police are also saying that Thursday's van attack is tied to a blast in a house in Catalonia the day before, killing one person. Authorities believe those in the house were building an explosive device that went off — leading to speculation that a larger terror plot may have been in the works.

 

Also Thursday, a car ran down two policemen at a Barcelona checkpoint, but it is unclear if there is any connection to the earlier attack.

 

Information on Thursday's incident in Spain is still coming in.

 

What is known is that witnesses say the driver deliberately drove into a pedestrian area that runs down the center of Las Ramblas, a Barcelona street with shops and cafes, popular with locals and tourists.

 

 

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They say the van was traveling at high speed and swerved from side to side, leaving a trail of blood and bodies with twisted, broken legs.

 

Some witness say they saw two armed men jump out and disappear into a restaurant.

 

Police arrived almost instantly and immediately shut down the area.

 

Catalan police say the driver was trying to kill as many people as possible.

 

 

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Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 17, 2017

 

But Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said the terrorists have failed.

 

"Barcelona has always been and still is a city of peace, a city of dialogue, a brave city, a city open to the world, a city that's proud of its diversity. ... To the cowards who tried to spread terror, hatred and fear today: You won't get it," she said.

 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Twitter the government's priority is helping the wounded.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump also turned to Twitter, saying the U.S. "will do whatever is necessary to help."

 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned, "Terrorists around the world should know, the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice."

 

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and sent condolences to the victims, saying the U.N. stands in solidarity with Spain.

 

The yellow and red colors of the Spanish flag lit up Tel Aviv's City Hall on Thursday night while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilized world must fight terrorism together and defeat it.

 

European leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also condemning the attack.

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