Spanish Officer Called Hero
A Spanish police officer is being called a hero today after he single-handedly shot and killed four of the five terrorists responsible for an attack in the Spanish city of Cambrils. A witness told local media one of the suspected terrorists laughed and taunted the officer who shot him.
The witness Fitzroy Davies told BBC: “Police jumped out the car and started shouting at the guy, he was saying something else, and then ‘pop, pop,’ a couple of shots and then he stood back up and then he stepped over the fence and he started like taunting and smiling.” “Then he carried on walking to the police and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots, and then he fell to the ground and that’s when I decided to go.”
A spanish regional police official, Josep Lluis Trapero, said the incident was “not easy” for the officer involved. Trapero said a total of five suspects were killed in the terror attack. The terrorists rammed a car into a crowd of people killing one and injuring five others only one day after a similar attack in Barcelona.
The major difference in this case is that all five of the terrorists were reportedly wearing fake bomb belts. ISIS followers have apparently adopted the fake bomb vests as a delaying tactic to keep police at bay. It is very difficult to tell the vests are fake from a distance said one police official.
The terrorists were also armed with an ax and knives which were later found in the car. Mossos police, Catalonia area’s police force, tweeted one of the terrorists succeeded in slashing a person in the face before the terrorist was killed. Just a few hours earlier in Barcelona, a van ran into a crowd of pedestrians. That attack resulted in the death of fourteen people and injured more than 100 others.
State Department officials confirmed that one American had been killed and another was injured in the twin attacks. Neither of the victims are being officially identified for security reasons. Officer Trapero says police believe the two attacks are linked and may be related to the explosion at a residence in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday. That blast left one person was dead.
The explosion also left several people injured, all of which were taken into custody. Police are investigating if the attacks are connected to an incident Thursday. The driver of a Ford Focus refused to stop and plowed through a police checkpoint. That incident occurred shortly after the terrorist attack in Barcelona and left two police officers injured. Police opened fire killing the driver of the car.
ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack in Barcelona. Officials said the injured were from 34 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the Philippines and the US. A number of political leaders have spoken out to condemn the attack.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the fight against terrorism is a “global battle”. He thanked emergency services for their quick response.