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Five shot dead as Spanish police 'stop second attack'

Police at the scene in Cambrils. Credit: APTN

Five suspected terrorists have been shot dead by Spanish police in a second attack to hit Catalonia.

Seven people were injured in the coastal town of Cambrils, including a police officer, when a group, said to be wearing "explosive belts", launched a vehicle attack similar to that which left 13 people dead and over 100 injured in Barcelona.

Police urged locals to take cover as they swooped on an area close to Cambrils' beach-front promenade in the early hours of Friday morning.

Bystanders could be seen running for cover and several gunshots were heard in footage posted on social media, with a later clip showing several dead bodies lying on the floor.

Police operation in Cambrils for 'possible terrorist attack'

A police operation is taking place in Cambrils, around 70 miles outside Barcelona, for a "possible terrorist attack", authorities in Spain say.

The Catalan police force, Mossos, tweeted that people should avoid going out if they are in the area.

Shortly after midnight there were reports of police activity in the coastal town, and the 112 Catalonia emergency service tweeted: "IF YOU'RE NOW IN Cambrils avoid going out. Stay home, stay safe. Police operation ongoing."

There were reports on social media of gunfire being heard in the area.

Van removed from scene of Barcelona attack

The van is taken away from the scene. Credit: APTN

The van used in the Barcelona terror attack has been removed from the scene.

The white Fiat van drove around a third of a mile down Las Ramblas, striking pedestrians in the busy tourist hotspot and killing at least 13 people.

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Barcelona attack was 'jihad terrorism', says Spanish PM

Mariano Rajoy said his country is mourning with Barcelona. Credit: APTN

Spain's prime minister has said the attack on Barcelona was "jihad terrorism".

Mariano Rajoy said his country is mourning in solidarity with Barcelona and other European cities hit by deadly extremist attacks.

Rajoy traveled to Barcelona following the van attack that killed 13 people and injured 100.

He said the victims and their family and friends "are in this moment our main priority".

Three days of mourning have been declared to honour the victims of the attack.

How the Barcelona terror attack unfolded

A white Fiat van was used to carry out the attack on Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops in central Barcelona that is one of the city's top tourist destinations.

The attack started at the northern end of the tree-lined promenade at around 5pm local time.

The vehicle travelled more than a third of a mile down Las Ramblas, striking pedestrians as it went.

The damaged vehicle came to a halt and police were on the scene quickly, later confirming it was a terror attack.

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