Catalan authorities have warned people of an ongoing police operation, citing a possible “terrorist attack” in the coastal town of Cambrils some 100 kilometers from Barcelona.
Police told residents of Cambrils to “stay home and stay safe,” announcing on Twitter that a “police operation” was ongoing in the town.
— Mossos (@mossos) August 17, 2017
— alejandro ruiz (@alexruiz300) August 18, 2017
As authorities urged residents to “avoid the streets and lock themselves in the house,” locals in the area told La Vanguardia that people were also taking shelter in nearby hotels.
Police say they have killed “perpetrators” during the counter-terror raid in Cambrils. Subsequently, the police said the fifth suspect shot in the resort town of Cambrils has died and six civilians have been injured.
We work with the hypothesis that the incident of #Cambrils respond to a terrorist attack. We have shot down the perpetrators
— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017
According to police sources, “the terrorists carried explosives attached to the body.” Officials said the suspects tried to carry out a similar attack to the one in Barcelona.
There are also reports that a number of police officers were injured during the operation. Judging by the black ribbon on their Twitter account avatar, the Catalan Police might have lost a member or it refers to the victims of Barcelona attack.
It is still not clear how the Cambrils counter-terror raid is linked to the earlier attack in Barcelona.
A port city with a population of 33,000, Cambrils is around 120km from Barcelona. Its city website describes it as “the beginning and end” of a number of popular tourist routes, in an area already dense with attractions. The town is 12km from the international Reus airport, and 10km from PortAventura World, which is the most popular theme park in Spain, with 4 million annual visitors.
Keep in mind that a referendum on Catalan independence was announced by the Government of Catalonia for 1 October 2017. Declaring a STATE OF EMERGENCY would bring to Barcelona/Catalonia more Spanish National Police and most definitely the Spanish Military, a presence that could ruin the plans for independence.