THE EVENTS SO FAR AS SPAIN CONDUCTS SWEEPTING ANTI-TERROR OPERATION
– A rented white van zigzags at speed and slams into pedestrians in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district about 5pm Thursday local time; the driver flees and remains at large.
– At least 13 people are killed and 130 injured.
– Four Australians – two women from NSW who are in hospital with serious injuries and two men from Victoria have been treated and released.
– A seven-year-old boy, Julian Cadman, whose mother Jom is one of the Australians in hospital, is missing.
– Citizens from 34 countries were among those killed and injured.
– Islamic State has claimed responsibility
– Four men have been arrested in connection with the attack, including Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Moroccan who is believed to have rented the van.
– The driver has been named as Moussa Oukabir, the teenage brother of Driss Oukabir.
– In the hours before the Barcelona rampage, one person is killed in a large explosion at a house at Alcana, southwest of the city; sources tell police explosives were being made there.
– Eight hours after the Las Ramblas attack terrorists strike again in the seaside resort town of Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona.
– In the second attack a gang wearing fake explosive belts ram civilians with a car before being shot dead by police.
– Seven people including one police officer are injured and four of the attackers are short dead at the scene. A fifth suspect dies of his injuries.
– A woman injured in the attack later dies of her injuries.
– Police have linked all three events – the Barcelona van rampage, the Cambrils shootings and the large house explosion.
– Spanish authorities believe the attacks are the work of a cell of around eight people.
– A total of 14 people killed in the Bacelona and Cambrils attacks.