Catalan police killed five people reportedly wearing suicide vests in a shootout in the coastal town of Cambrils early Friday — apparently foiling a second terror plot linked to the deadly attack on nearby Barcelona just hours before.
The suspects were wearing explosive devices, El Nacional reported, citing police sources.
Police later executed several “controlled explosions” in the area.
A fifth suspect was injured and arrested, but died in custody, Catalonian police confirmed via Twitter.
Spanish paper El Pais reported the assailants drove a car into several pedestrians near a marina the seaside town — an eerie echo of the attack on Barcelona hours earlier, in which a driver killed 13 and injured more than 100 people by plowing a van into pedestrians in the city’s tourist-heavy Las Ramblas section.
Six civilians and one police officer were injured during the incident in Cambrils — which is 60 miles southwest of Barcelona — though officials did not confirm how they were hurt.
Investigators believe the suspects are linked to the Barcelona rampage, as well as a deadly explosion in the southern town of Alcanar Wednesday initially believed to be an accident.
Video taken from the scene at Cambrils appears to show passersby ducking for cover as police exchanged gunfire with the terrorists outside the Club Nàutic Cambrils marina.
Another video shows three apparently dead bodies lying on the ground in the same area.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemontm issued a statement on Twitter thanking police “in these critical and tragic hours.”
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