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Spanish police kill five alleged terrorists linked to Barcelona van incident

Key Points
  • Spanish police said they killed five terrorists during a raid in the town of Cambrils
  • The terrorists were linked to Thursday's van incident in Barcelona, police said
  • Cambrils is more than two hours south of Barcelona by car
13 killed, more than 100 injured in Barcelona van attack

Police in Catalonia, Spain said early on Friday that they killed five terrorists in the coastal town of Cambrils.

The individuals, who were wearing suicide belts, were linked to Thursday's van attack in Barcelona as well as Wednesday's gas explosion in the municipality of Alcanar, police stated. The five suspects were believed to be planning a separate assault following events in Barcelona.

@mossos tweet: We work with the hypothesis that the incident of #Cambrils respond to a terrorist attack. We have shot down the perpetrators

Six civilians and one police officer were also injured during the police raid, authorities said, adding that residents of Cambrils should avoid the street because of ongoing police operations.

@mossos tweet: Police operation in #Cambrils for possible terrorist attack. If you are now in #Cambrils avoid going out. Stay home, stay safe

A map showing the town of Cambrils in relation to Barcelona, Spain.
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People in Cambrils should "stay home, stay safe," Catalan emergency services said on Twitter.

On Thursday, a vehicular assault in the center of Barcelona killed at least 13 people. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the act and two people in connection with the attack have been arrested, local authorities said.

—Reuters and CNBC staff contributed to this report.