Barcelona's Authorities Boost Security in Tourist Areas After Deadly Van Attack

© REUTERS / StringerPolice cordon off the area after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2017
Police cordon off the area after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Barcelona's authorities decided Wednesday to ramp up police presence at airports, railway stations and other strategic points, as well as increase the use of movable obstacles in major tourist locations in the wake of two van attacks in the country's autonomous Catalonia region, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to El Pais newspaper, the measures were adopted during a meeting of Barcelona’s Security Board, including the city’s Mayor Ada Colau, Catalan Home Affairs Minister Joaquim Forn Chiariello, delegate of the Spanish government in Catalonia Enric Millo and representatives of security and emergency services.

On Saturday, Spanish authorities decided not to raise the level of terrorist threat to the maximum fifth level.

Police investigate at the scene of an attack in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, Spain - Sputnik International
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On Thursday and early Friday, Catalonia's cities of Barcelona and Cambrils faced van ramming attacks that killed 15 people and left over 130 more injured. The Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack.

According to the Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalonia's police force, a 12-person cell was behind the terror attacks. Four suspects have been arrested and five others were killed after the Cambrils attack. Two more attackers allegedly died in an explosion in the Catalan town of Alcanar on Wednesday night, where the terrorists had been preparing explosives. On Monday, police confirmed they had killed Younes Abouyaaquob, the suspected perpetrator of the terrorist attack.

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