Police: Spain suspects were preparing bigger attack

2017-08-18 16:51
A police officer standing on a road in Alcanar at the scene of an explosion in a house that left one person dead and seven wounded. (STR/Atlas/AFP)

A police officer standing on a road in Alcanar at the scene of an explosion in a house that left one person dead and seven wounded. (STR/Atlas/AFP)

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Barcelona - Suspects in Spain's twin terror attacks were preparing an even bigger assault but were thwarted in their plans and forced to act quickly, police said on Friday.

"They were preparing one or several attacks in Barcelona and an explosion in Alcanar stopped this as they no longer had the material they needed to commit attacks of an even bigger scope," said Josep Lluis Trapero of Catalonia's police.

He was referring to a blast in a house in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday evening which police said caused one death and was caused by an attempt to make explosive devices.

The explosion is believed to be linked to the attack in Barcelona on August 17, where thirteen people were killed and more than 100 injured when a white van sped into the historic promenade, which was packed with tourists, knocking people down in a scene of chaos and horror.

Also read: Here's what we know about the Spain attacks

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