On Monday, Aug. 21, police fatally shot a suspicious man armed with an explosive belt in Subirats, near Barcelona. The man was identified as Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of a van that rammed into a Barcelona crowd last Thursday, killing more than a dozen people and wounding at least 100.

Five other suspects had been shot dead on Friday in another car attack in Cambril. Police have arrested three others and said most of the 12 people identified as members of the cell originated from a small town near the French border.

On Sunday, officials said that the cell had planned “a much more serious attack,” that was probably thwarted by an accidental explosion Wednesday.

2. THURSDAY

A van hits pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district

1. WEDNESDAY

A pair of explosions destroyed a house

in Alcanar

Ripoll

Madrid

Detail

SPAIN

Subirats

Barcelona

CATALONIA

Mediterranean

Sea

Cambrils

Alcanar

50 MILES

3. FRIDAY

Five suspects are shot dead in a second attack

4. SATURDAY

Police investigate home of suspects

5. MONDAY

Police kill suspected driver of van attack

Ripoll

FRANCE

4. SATURDAY

Police investigate home of suspects

Madrid

CATALONIA

Detail

POR.

SPAIN

5. MONDAY

Police kill suspected driver of van attack

Barcelona

ALGERIA

MOROCCO

Subirats

2. THURSDAY

A van hits pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district

3. FRIDAY

Five suspects are shot dead in a second attack

Cambrils

Mediterranean

Sea

1. WEDNESDAY

A pair of explosions destroyed a house

50 MILES

Alcanar

Ripoll

FRANCE

4. SATURDAY

Police investigate home of suspects

CATALONIA

Madrid

Detail

POR.

SPAIN

5. MONDAY

Police kill suspected driver of van attack

Barcelona

ALGERIA

MOROCCO

Subirats

2. THURSDAY

A van hits pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district

3. FRIDAY

Five suspects are shot dead in a second attack

Cambrils

1. WEDNESDAY

A pair of explosions destroyed a house

Mediterranean

Sea

50 MILES

Alcanar

Barcelona: A white van sped through a pedestrian area

The attack unfolded in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district Thursday afternoon.

A white van entered La Rambla Avenue from Catalunya Square and drove more than 1,700 feet along the center of the avenue, a known pedestrian walkway.

Catalunya

Square

Barcelona

SPAIN

La Boqueria

Market

Gothic

Quarter

Detail

El Raval

Barcelona

Harbor

Catalunya

Square

Barcelona

SPAIN

La Boqueria

Market

Gothic

Quarter

Detail

El Raval

Barcelona

Harbor

Catalunya

Square

Barcelona

SPAIN

La Boqueria

Market

Gothic

Quarter

Detail

El Raval

Barcelona

Harbor

The van rammed through the crowd at high speed, witnesses said, crashing into residents and tourists before it stopped near La Boqueria Market.

4: 50 p.m. Thursday

Barcelona

La Boqueria

Market

The vehicle stopped here

100 feet

Barcelona

4:50 p.m. Thursday

La Boqueria

Market

Church Santa Maria del Pi

The vehicle stopped here

The vehicle stopped here

100 feet

Barcelona

4:50 p.m. Thursday

La Boqueria

Market

Church Santa Maria del Pi

The vehicle stopped here

The vehicle stopped here

100 feet

 At least 13 people, including an American, died after the attack. An hour after the van attack, police say Abouyaaqoub killed another man to steal a getaway car.

Cambrils: An Audi drives into a crowd

A second vehicle attack occurred Friday morning in Cambrils, located about 70 miles southwest of Barcelona.

Five men in an Audi A3 rammed through a crowd along a corniche at about 1 a.m. One person died of wounds sustained from the attack.

Cambrils

1 a.m. Friday

Five men in an Audi plowed into pedestrians on the corniche and later crashed into a police checkpoint near the Nautic Club of Cambrils.

Nautic Club

Cambrils

150 feet

Cambrils

1 a.m. Friday

Promenade

Promenade

Nautic Club

Cambrils

Five men in an Audi plowed into pedestrians on the corniche and later crashed into a police checkpoint near the Nautic Club of Cambrils.

150 feet

Cambrils

1 a.m. Friday

Promenade

Promenade

Nautic Club

Cambrils

Five men in an Audi plowed into pedestrians on the corniche and later crashed into a police checkpoint near the Nautic Club of Cambrils.

150 feet

After running

the car crashed

here trying to avoid

a police check point

Police fatally shot the men following the attack.

Alcanar:Propane canisters were probably intended for Barcelona attack, officials say

Authorities suggested a link between the van attack and a pair of explosions that destroyed a house in Alcanar, located about 100 miles southeast of Barcelona, on Wednesday, saying that canisters that were probably intended for the Barcelona attack detonated prematurely.

Alcanar

11:30 p.m. Wednesday

Police said that they believed the assailants were planning to use propane and butane canisters in an explosive assault against civilians.

 

DETAIL

Instead, the gas ignited prematurely, destroying the house used by the suspects.

 

The explosion killed at least two people and injured 16 others, including police officers and firefighters investigating the site.

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Alcanar

11:30 p.m. Wednesday

Police said they believed the assailants planned to use propane and butane canisters in an explosive assault against civilians.

 

 

Med. Sea

DETAIL

Instead, the gas ignited prematurely, destroying the house used by the suspects.

 

The explosion killed at least two people and injured 16 others, including police officers and firefighters investigating the site.

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Catalunya

Square

(Jaume Sellart/EPA)

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Alcanar

11:30 p.m. Wednesday

Police said they believed the assailants planned to use propane and butane canisters in an explosive assault against civilians.

 

 

Med. Sea

DETAIL

Instead, the gas ignited prematurely, destroying the house used by the suspects.

 

The explosion killed at least two people and injured 16 others, including police officers and firefighters investigating the site.

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Catalunya

Square

(Jaume Sellart/EPA)

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This is the eighth car attack in Europe since 2016

The Barcelona attack is the latest in a series of vehicular, terrorism events that has affected other European countries in the last year, including France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In July 2016, a truck sped through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day along the Promenade des Anglais in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring more than 450.

Thursday’s attack was the worst terrorist attack in Spain since March 2004, when 190 people died during a series of train bombings in Madrid.

Vehicular terror attacks in Europe since 2014:

Deaths

20

10

1

2014

Dec. 21 in Dijon, France

A man injured 11 people after driving into pedestrians in five areas around the city.

Dec. 22 in Nantes, France

Ten people injured after a car drove through a Christmas Market.

2015

June 20 in Graz, Austria

A man drove a SUV through the center of Graz, killing three and injuring 36 others.

2016

July 14 in Nice, France

A man drove a 19-ton cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 and injuring more than 450.

Dec. 19 in Berlin

An assailant drove a truck through a Christmas market, killing 11 people and injuring 48.

2017

March 22 in London

Six people died and nearly 50 injured after a car rams into a crowd on Westminster Bridge.

April 7 in Stockholm

Five people are killed and 14 hurt after a car smashes into a store.

 

June 3 in London

Eleven people died and nearly 50 injured after a car drove into pedestrians on London Bridge.

June 19 in Paris

A driver rams into a military vehicle on the Champs-Élysées. He was the only casualty.

June 19 in London

A van rammed into a crowd of people in Finsbury Park, killing one and injuring 10.

 

Aug. 9 in Seline, France

A car drives into a crowd of soldiers in the Levallois-Perret commune, injuring six.

Aug. 17 in Barcelona

Thirteen people died and more than 100 hurt after a truck hit pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district.

 

A 14th victim also died of wounds sustained in a second Friday morning car attack in the Catalan town of Cambrils.

Vehicular terror attacks in Europe since 2014:

1

10

20 deaths

2014

Dec. 21 in Dijon, France

A man injured 11 people after driving into pedestrians in five areas around the city.

Dec. 22 in Nantes, France

Ten people injured after a car drove through a Christmas Market.

2015

June 20 in Graz, Austria

A man drove a SUV through the center of Graz, killing three and injuring 36 others.

2016

July 14 in Nice, France

A man drove a 19-ton cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 and injuring more than 450.

Dec. 19 in Berlin

An assailant drove a truck through a Christmas market, killing 11 people and injuring 48.

 

 

2017

March 22 in London

Six people died and nearly 50 injured after a car rams into a crowd on Westminster Bridge.

April 7 in Stockholm

Five people are killed and 14 hurt after a car smashes into a store.

 

June 19 in London

A van rammed into a crowd of people in Finsbury Park, killing one and injuring 10.

June 3 in London

Eleven people died and nearly 50 injured after a car drove into pedestrians on London Bridge.

Aug. 9 in Seline, France

A car drives into a crowd of soldiers in the Levallois-Perret commune, injuring six.

 

 

June 19 in Paris

A driver rams into a military vehicle on the Champs-Élysées. He was the only casualty.

 

Aug. 17 in Barcelona

Thirteen people died and more than 100 hurt after a truck hit pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district.

 

A 14th victim also died of wounds sustained in a second Friday morning car attack in the Catalan town

of Cambrils.

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Sources: Staff reports. Originally published Aug. 17, 2017.

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