“U.S. Intelligence Warned Barcelona Police About Las Ramblas Threat Months Ago: Reports” -Newsweek

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Summary: ‘ Regional police said that a blast at a house 200 kilometers south of Barcelona on Wednesday had connections to the vehicle-ramming. intelligence told the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police in May that radical Islamists could might possibly target the street, which has a wide pedestrianized in the center, with cars able to drive down, either side, Spanish daily newspaper El Periodico reported. The driver, who still remains unidentified, was able to mount the sidewalk on Thursday, zigzagging down the pedestrian boulevard, and killing more than a dozen people of at least 18 nationalities in the heart of Spain’s second city.

The CIA warned Barcelona authorities in May that the famous Las Ramblas street in the northern Spanish city could might possibly be a target, for an extremist attack, according to reports in the Spanish media. The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) claimed responsibility, for the Las Ramblas attack on its Amaq news agency, saying it was the work of its “soldiers.” But U.S. But ISIS’s claim didn’t point to a direct involvement of the jihadi group and the theory of the participants being inspired, rather than directed, still remains a strong possibility. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the vehicle-ramming was the result of “jihadist terrorism,” despite the driver remaining at large. Daily Emails, and Alerts – Get the optimal ever of Newsweek delivered to your inbox “The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State,” Amaq agency said Thursday night, as quoted by U.S.-based jihadi monitoring platform SITE Intelligence….Read The Full Article Here

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