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Gegard Mousasi: from exodus in Iran to a life as one of the world's great road warriors 

A fighting man. Gegard Mousasi's face is marked with scars, many of them small, and healed, like the pitted landscape of this rad warrior's life. The 32-year-old, fighting for the 51st time and headlining on his Bellator MMA debut against tough Russian Alexander Schlemenko on Friday's card here at the Mohegan Sun on a Native Indian reservation in Connecticut, has plied his trade in Japan, Europe, and the USA.       Yet his life story is one of Exodus, upheaval, and the long struggle to prove himself. With all that, Mousasi remains one of the quiet men of mixed martial arts, in spite of a history that resonates with turmoil once the lines open up and you read between them. Born in Iran into an Armenian community, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war - in which half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, with estimates of a similar number of civilians, are believed to have died – Gegard’s formative years were inextricably linked to conflict. The first Persian Gulf War has been compared to World War I with large-scale trench warfare. It was attritional, with manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges, and waves of attacks across a no-man's land, and extensive use of chemical weapons. This was the backdrop to the early years of the life of Geghard Movsesian, the youngest child of three, born to Gakik and Lucik Movsesian.   Mousasi’s family – parents, brother Gewik and sister Angineh - tripped over the border a few years after the Iran-Iraq war and headed to Holland. Gegard was 8 years old. And impressionable. But it was not a straightforward journey, as the family of five endured eighteen months in a refugee camp there.  Mousasi revealed his early years, unaware of the troubles around him. A teary child of 8 saw his blissful life, at least in his eyes, of “playing outside on dusty streets all day in Tehran”, was over. Instead, a new world, with many other refugees, all seeking solace in the orange light and new hope of The Netherlands.   The early experiences, whether he knew it or not, created a tough young man who had an inner steel and fearlessness. And a need to prove himself. “My mum and dad were born in Iran. There’s a small community of Armenians there, but slowly everyone is leaving. I think there were 200,000 of us there at one time, and it’s fallen to around 50,000 now,” explains Mousasi softly, accentuating each syllable clearly, his hands clasped together.  There is much reflection in this man. “These days, there are a lot of people who have difficulties getting out of the country so you have to go illegal, but it’s not the same as it used to be.”  Prior to the Iran Revolution in 1979, it was once Persia, an opulent, glamorous Kingdom. Armenia is on Iran’s northern border. “It was once a glamorous place. If you’d seen the King and Queen, you’d have thought it was France. It was such an elegant place.”    “My parents had a good life there. They used to live in a village and later they came to Tehran. My dad was a mechanic and my mother was a housewife, who looked after the children.” “Iranian people are very hospitable, very family-oriented and besides that they have a very beautiful country. They have mountains, desert, sea [it borders both the Caspian Sea and Indian Ocean] so you have everything. There are four seasons in Iran, so you can go winter skiing, you can go in summer to the beach… it’s not a real tourism place, but it’s a nice country if you have family and friends to visit there.” Mousasi has been back a few times – but only, he explains, “to visit family”.  His recollections of Tehran were “a lot of playing in the streets, being at school, football. Back then, you would play a lot outside…” It was a life-changer in Holland. He began by dreaming of being a boxing world champion, watching Oscar De La Hoya, and the heavyweight careers of Mike Tyson, and then Lennox Lewis. He tested himself in an array of combat sports, and found solace. Judo was his first sport. Then he took up boxing. By the age of 16, he was a national amateur champion in his adopted country. Indeed, in 2011, he had revealed that he had contemplated trying to qualify for the London Olympics as a Dutch representative. It never came about. As a teenager, he was also drawn to kickboxing, and then, he walked into an MMA gym. Bingo. Twelve years later, his resume includes victories over Hector Lombard in a Pride Welterweight Grand Prix, success in Dream at middleweight with wins against Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef and Jacare Souza. Then, a move to light-heavyweight, and eventually heavyweight. In Dream’s Open Weight Grand Prix, Mousasi submitted Mark Hunt in the opening round. He has even sparred with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in an exhibition match – though he was defeated by an armbar. He defeated Renato Sobral via KO in the first minute of the first round to become the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, brought to America to fight for the first time by Bellator's current CEO Scott Coker. It is some resume. And some journey. And after four years in the UFC, fighting the leading middleweights, it was time for a change. He was simply not getting the middleweight title fight he craved. He felt he had proved himself.  But talk to anyone who has worked with Mouasi. He is a technician. He makes very few mistakes. He favours the stand-up; but he’s comfortable anywhere. Perhaps he learnt not to make mistakes, unconsciously, in his surroundings as a child. It helped in Holland, which he recalls, was very hard on him, at first. “Yeah, because I was missing my home, my friends…I think it took me six months to a year until I was settled, and of course, we came to Holland where all the refugees go. You had camps for that.” “We’d had a normal life in Iran, then you move there and suddenly you were five people in a room, sharing with another family. There were refugees from so many other countries. Eventually we got our house and it wasn’t that bad. We were lucky. It took a year and a half. A lot of people stayed there in refugee status for 5 years. You can’t get your life started when you are in that situation.” “It takes the time off your life. I know some people who took 8 years to get the right to stay in Holland. So for 8 years, they weren’t allowed to do anything, go for a job. That’s one thing that’s bad about immigration. Once you got there, the children would always go to Dutch school, medical care was good, but it’s the change you have from having everything in your own country and then you start from zero, and you have to wait.” “We didn’t get the Visa for staying for 5 years so it took a long time before you could go to work. Then there was the language barrier. It’s very difficult. I have one friend whose dad was a surgeon, another who was a high level engineer. But once they come to Holland they were nothing. People want to work but from being respected in your job in your country, you have to start out with nothing. It’s not impossible, of course, but it can be very difficult.” But looking back, Mousasi now feels lucky. “My dad would take me to judo a few times a week. I got all these things that I was able to do once we were set up in Holland. Everything was taken care of. I think Holland is a country that takes care of their people - one of the best countries in the world.”  So what drove him ? “I think it had more to do with poverty than a difficult lifestyle. We were not rich. I didn’t have money - at least compared to my friends, I didn’t.” “It was a combination of not wanting to struggle for money, but also that I wanted to be a tough guy, to be respected, too.”  The young Gegard had athletic prowess, so he decided to exploit it. “I had talent in judo, I believe. Every time the teacher would show something in class, I would be his favourite student to show it.” He learnt quickly. “I think with fighting you have to have a desire to achieve something. You never see a rich kid get to the top of any combat sport because they don’t have the drive. All the great boxers come from the ghetto. They all had nothing. They have the desire, the hunger but the rich kid is not going to get punched in the face. Why would they ?”   “I wanted to be a boxer but I knew it wouldn’t be possible. It was difficult especially in Holland. But MMA at that moment was doing well in Holland and I liked the fighting styles, so I thought I’m going to do that - it’s tougher. You want to be the best and I thought I want to be the best in fighting. Once I’d started, I realised it’s better than boxing.”  “I remember I was doing boxing, and I lost a fight. I was heartbroken. I thought Mike Tyson didn’t lose, so I shouldn’t lose either. It was my first loss. But then I started kickboxing, and soon afterwards saw MMA. So two or three weeks later I took a fight without really knowing the ground game. I was 17/18 then. I just took every fight that I could at the time whether it was kickboxing or MMA. It just clicked.” By now, Gegard had made up his mind that he would become a professional fighter. It didn’t go down too well at home. “My mother didn’t like watching the fights but I would always do well so it wasn’t that bad. At that time I wasn’t at a high level, it wasn’t on TV, so they didn’t see anything. And back then, I never got home injured or with a black eye or whatever, so it wasn’t that bad.” As the years have passed, and success came, his parents have changed towards his career. He has also invested wisely. “I have some properties,” he explains. “But don’t expect me to run a gym, it’s too much of a headache, though my brother may do that.” “I’ve got my home but I’ve also bought properties which I rent so I have some income out of that.”  "Yeah no just properties, any business that I feel like it’s worth to invest so far I haven’t seen anything to go ok I’m going to invest in that.  My dad is proud but my mother still, she doesn’t like to watch the fight. The fight week is hard for her. That week she has a lot of stress.”  “I always call them after my fights, but normally after the fight my friend already called my mother to tell the result.”  Mousasi’s aspirations are like every other fighter in mixed martial arts today: title ownership.  “Every fight is difficult so I have to be 100% for every fight. It’s all about the small details and preparation, the coaching and the game plan. This is the highest league. You can’t just make your opponent tired with own conditioning. Everyone is in shape, everyone is ready, everyone is well rounded, everyone understands what is on the line. So every fight is difficult. That’s why every fight has to be seen as a championship bout.” Now, his aspirations are to win the Bellator middleweight crown, and then take on all-comers. "I feel like Bellator is pushing me and I feel obligated to deliver. Of course there is pressure for me. I've put the hard work in in the gym. I just have to make weight and it will be a good result." Shlemenko is a tough cookie. And Mousasi knows it. But he is confident. Very confident. "I've dealt with that when I fought Uriah Hall. I know what's coming. I shouldn't be too aggressive. I should be smart. I have the reach advantage, physically I'm the bigger guy. Ground, wrestling, technically I'm better. Everything is on my side. I just have to get the job done." "I feel I should be able to finish Shlemenko and be dominant. Also, he brings the fight. He comes to fight. I've never seen him in a boring fight. I'm not worried about a boring fight because he's going to make the fight." There are many options in Bellator - Mo Lawal, Ryan Bader, even Rory McDonald - but for now, reigning at 185lbs is his goal. "Middleweight is my division. I'm at my best at middleweight. If I go to light heavyweight I want there to be something on the line like a belt. Then I'd do that for sure. But there is also Mo Lawal. There would be a huge doctor's cheque for him if we fight." As for the middleweight title, there is already a defence lined up. "Alessio Sakara is fighting Rafael Carvalho (the champion) in December, so I have to wait and see who is champion. I trained with Alessio before in Holland. I know what I'm expecting at least. I've only seen Carvalho fighting Manhoef, so I don't know him that well. He has a good record." "Rory MacDonald might want to come up but he's a welterweight. He's going to give up a size advantage. First I have to beat Shlemenko. He's a good competitor. I trained with Douglas Lima for a week in Holland and there's a size difference. Douglas Lima is tough. Let him first pass him and then we'll see. But there's a size difference. That I can tell for sure." So to Friday night. "I hope to finish Schlemenko. I don't see him being dangerous. But it's a fight. You can get caught with a punch or a kick. I'm sharp, I'm in shape, I know what he's doing, I'm prepared. I should finish him in two rounds." Confident, and happy. A good place for Mousasi right now. "Bellator is open-minded. They talk to the fighters and see what it is they like. I have freedom. It's easy for me to say I want to go up to light-heavyweight, fight the best. That's what I want." And every day, as Gegard Mousasi has known from the start of his life, is a fight for survival. Friday is simply the next test.

France's Teddy Riner celebrates after winning the men’s +100kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest

France's Teddy Riner celebrates after winning the men’s +100kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest (AFP Photo/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

Japan's Kenta Nagasawa (L) competes with South Korea's Jaeyong Lee during their -90kg match of the team event at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on September 3, 2017

Japan's Kenta Nagasawa (L) competes with South Korea's Jaeyong Lee during their -90kg match of the team event at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on September 3, 2017 (AFP Photo/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

Judo - Riner claims record ninth world title

Gold medalist France's Teddy Riner (blue) celebrates on the tatami after his final in the men’s +100kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on September 2, 2017. (AFP Photo/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

France's Clarisse Agbegnenou (top) competes against Slovenia's Tina Trstenjak during their final match in the women’s -63kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on August 31, 2017

France's Clarisse Agbegnenou (top) competes against Slovenia's Tina Trstenjak during their final match in the women’s -63kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on August 31, 2017 (AFP Photo/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

Gold medalist Japan's Soichi Hashimoto (white) competes with Azerbaian's Rustam Orujov during the final of the men’s -73kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on August 30, 2017

Gold medalist Japan's Soichi Hashimoto (white) competes with Azerbaian's Rustam Orujov during the final of the men’s -73kg category at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on August 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

Barcelona attack: Police confirm Moussa Oukabir shot dead amid fears terror suspects fled across border to France

Coverage continues Saturday Aug 19th A huge manhunt was underway across Europe last night for at least one jihadist feared to be still at large after plotting the Barcelona terrorist attacks. Police and security services were hunting for the remaining members of a Moroccan-born terror cell, amid fears that they could be preparing further attacks at popular tourist areas. The 17-year-old key suspect of the Barcelona van outrage, Moussa Oukabir, was one of five terrorists shot dead by Spanish police during an attack on the coastal resort of Cambrils in the early hours of yesterday, authorities confirmed last night. Cambrils suspect taunts police before being shot 00:52 They also named Said Aalla, 18 and Mohamed Hychami, 24 as among those shot dead. Four other suspects were taken into custody. But police were last night continuing to appeal for information on Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22. There were also reports that two further suspects were being sought. A French security official said last night that Spanish police were looking for a Renault Kangoo van rented on Thursday in Spain by the suspects that may have crossed into France. Security officials believe the attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils were the work of a terror cell of at least 12 people, who may have been inspired by the London Bridge outrage in June. On Thursday afternoon, Oukabir and his associates drove a van along Barcelona’s crowded Las Ramblas thoroughfare, ploughing into tourists leaving 13 dead and more than 100 injured. Moussa Oukabir, 18, is being hunted as the suspected van driver Among those thought to have been killed was a seven-year-old British boy, who had been visiting Barcelona for a family wedding. Julian Cadman, who was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, but later moved to Australia, had been strolling along Las Ramblas with his mother, Jumarie, when they were both mown down. Mrs Cadman was last night understood to be still in hospital in an induced coma, unaware that her son was missing, feared dead. Her husband, Andrew Cadman, who had been unable to attend the Catalonian wedding and had stayed at home in Sydney, boarded a flight to Barcelona and was due to land late last night. Among the other victims was an Italian tourist, Luca Rosso, who was hit as he walked through the streets with his fiancée. Another Italian, Bruno Gulotta, 35, a father of two, was also killed in front of his wife and children. After carrying out the attack, Oukabir is believed to have fled on foot, before hijacking a Ford Focus car, stabbing the driver, and jumping a checkpoint, in order to make his escape. It is then believed he travelled to the coastal resort of Cambrils, where he met up with four fellow jihadists. Driving an Audi A3, they travelled at speed along the town’s promenade but crashed and flipped the car. Barcelona terror attack The jihadists then got out of the vehicle and started to attack the terrified onlookers with knives and axes. All of the jihadists were shot dead by police who were on the scene as part of a heightened security operation following the Barcelona attack. Despite his role as ringleader in the attacks it was not thought that Oukabir had been known previously to the security services. But social media accounts reputed to be linked to him contained a series of Islamist comments. In one post, when asked what he would do on his first day as absolute ruler of the world, Moussa replied: “Kill all infidels and only allow Muslims to continue the religion.” His older brother, Driss, 28, was among four men in custody, who were being held on suspicion of involvement in the atrocities. Police officers by the upturned car used to target civilians in a second terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP A huge explosion at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, in which one man died, was connected with the attacks. Police who searched the remains of the property discovered a large number of gas canisters which they believe were intended to be packed into a vehicle and driven into crowds. Police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said they were planning “a much bigger atrocity” than the one that took place. Yesterday, Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, King Felipe VI and Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia – where both attacks took place – held a minute of silence in Barcelona. It was followed by the crowd shouting “not afraid”. Mapped: Barcelona van attack 5:09AM Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to pray for missing boy Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked people to pray for a young Australian boy who is missing after a vehicle attack on a popular Barcelona promenade that killed 13 people. Mr Turnbull said on Saturday that the boy’s mother was badly injured and is in a hospital following Friday’s attack at the Las Ramblas promenade. Mr Turnbull says the boy’s family is searching for him. He did not release the boy’s name. He added: “All of us as parents know the anguish his father is going through, and his whole family is going through, as they rush to seek to find him in Barcelona.” 3:53AM Security stepped up at sporting events Security is being stepped up at major sporting events in Spain. The country’s main football competition, La Liga, returns this weekend following its three-month summer break. Barcelona’s opening match against Real Betis will go ahead as planned at the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday. Additional police will be on duty at all major sporting venues. In addition, the Vuelta, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, enters Spain on Tuesday, with thousands of spectators expected to line the route. The stage will finish at Tarragon, which is is only 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) along the Mediterranean coast from Cambrils. 2:13AM Former head of anti-terrorism expert says vehicular terror attacks are difficult to stop Former head of anti-terrorism expert says vehicular terror attacks are difficult to stop 01:33 11:36PM Watch how large Barcelona’s Las Ramblas memorial grows over time Watch how large Barcelona’s Las Ramblas memorial grows over time 00:55 10:07PM Police confirm Moussa Oukabir shot dead by police in Cambrils Spanish police on Friday released the names of three Moroccan suspects in the deadly attacks in Spain’s Catalonia region, shot dead overnight by security forces in the seaside resort of Cambrils. Catalonia’s regional police identified them as Moussa Oukabir, 17, Said Aallaa, 18, and Mohamed Hychami, 24. Police said they were searching for a fourth suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, aged 22. 9:21PM American Daniel Tucker confirmed among the dead as family pays tribute A man says his son, a California resident, is among the dead in a truck attack in Barcelona, Spain. Daniel Tucker tells The Daily News of New York that his son Jared Tucker’s body was identified by his wife at the morgue on Friday. Tucker says, “It’s just something we really just don’t understand.” The couple, celebrating their first wedding anniversary, posed for this photograph just an hour before the attack Jared Tucker and his wife, Heidi Nunes, were visiting Barcelona for their first wedding anniversary. Tucker and his father worked together installing swimming pools. The elder Tucker tells the newspaper that “everybody loved him.” 7:32PM Spanish police ‘looking for a rented Kangoo utility vehicle that may have crossed into France’ A French security official says Spanish police are looking for a Kangoo utility vehicle rented by suspects in the Barcelona attacks that may have crossed into France, AP reports. The official said Spanish police alerted French authorities to the vehicle, rented on Thursday in Spain. The official said French police nationwide are on the lookout for the car, and were given information from Spain about four suspects believed to be on the run. A Renault Kangoo The official was not authorised to be publicly named speaking of an ongoing manhunt. After two deadly vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, France’s interior minister said his country reinforced police surveillance on Friday of what is normally an open border between Spain and France. French officials said on Friday evening that no one has been detained so far in the Spanish investigation. 6:37PM Riot police seal off section of Las Ramblas amid protest Riot police have cordoned off a section of Las Ramblas as a group of people, some with masks over their faces, began shouting and bottles were thrown, Hayley Dixon reports. The group were shouting anti fascist slogans and clapping. 4:56PM Witness tells of hiding in restaurant amid terror attack A 22-year-old eyewitness, Raquel Doval, who was holidaying with her family at the time of the attack in Cambrils, describes how she had to hide in a restaurant to escape the terror. ​ Cambrils eyewitness: we had to hide in restaurant, we were frightened 00:52 4:23PM Are holidaymakers covered by insurance if they refuse to fly to Spain in wake of terror attacks? Holidaymakers worried about terror attacks in Spain might not be covered if they refuse to fly, insurers have warned, reports Laura Hughes. A tour operator is only legally obliged to offer travellers a full refund or an alternative holiday if the Foreign Office advises against visiting a destination. Spain has not been put on the Foreign Office’s “no-go” list following the two terror attacks in Cambrils and Barcelona. Malcolm Tarling, from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), told the Telegraph: “While some travel insurance policies may cover cancellation if the Government advise against it, you may not be covered if you decide against travelling to your destination when there is no advice not to do so. “Travel insurance will cover the costs of any emergency medical treatment needed if you are caught up in a terrorist attack. “If you are in, or are planning to visit, an area where an attack has occurred, you should follow any advice from the UK Government and, where necessary, talk to your travel agent, tour operator, airline or other transport provider. “If you change your travel arrangements, then your travel insurance can usually be transferred to cover the new destination.” 3:56PM Friend of arrested suspect ‘very surprised’ by his arrest Pablo Romeres, a waiter at the el Punt restaurant in Ripoll, told The Telegraph that he was good friends with Driss Oukabir, and that he had been “very surprised” by his arrest last night, reports Harry Yorke. “My friend, Driss, he is first to be accused,” he added. “He lives close to the station here, I know him well. I do not know the others, apart from Moussa, his brother. “He was here when it happened I think, so I don’t think it was him. They are talking about Moussa, so maybe he is connected, who knows. “Do I think he would do something like this? No, definitely not.” 3:37PM Donald Trump uses Barcelona tweets to have a dig at US Democrats President Donald Trump set out to reassure Americans this morning, as they wake up to the latest news from Barcelona, Harriet Alexander in New York writes. He said that the homeland security and law enforcement teams were “on alert and closely watching for any sign of trouble”. He then followed up with a dig at the Democrats, accusing them of threatening the country’s security by their refusal to back his travel ban and their resistance to his plans to give police a free rein. He said he is travelling from his New Jersey golf course to Camp David today to discuss “national security, the border and the military” – his favourite topics. Homeland Security and law enforcement are on alert & closely watching for any sign of trouble. Our borders are far tougher than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 The Obstructionist Democrats make Security for our country very difficult. They use the courts and associated delay at all times. Must stop!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 Heading to Camp David for major meeting on National Security, the Border and the Military (which we are rapidly building to strongest ever).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 3:26PM How the Barcelona attack showed all the hallmarks of new jihadi tactics The terror attack in Barcelona that left 14 dead bore an eerie similarity to other recent attacks, showing all the hallmarks of new jihadi methods, writes Jacob Burns. It echoed recent attacks in Nice, Berlin and London. In each of those instances, an attacker drove a vehicle into crowds at high profile locations in the city, with deadly effect. The July 2016 Nice attack involving a lorry killed dozens Credit: ERIC GAILLARD/Reuters In each case, Isil also claimed responsibility, saying that the attackers had answered their call to attack nations who are participating in the anti-Isil coalition. Click here to read more. 3:20PM One American killed in Barcelona attack The US state department has confirmed that one American citizen died in the Barcelona attack and another has suffered minor injuries, reports Harriet Alexander. A spokesman said: “The US consulate general in Barcelona continues to work with local authorities to identify and provide assistance to US citizens affected by the terrorist attacks in Las Ramblas and Cambrils. “At this time we can confirm that one US citizen was killed. We can also confirm that one US citizen sustained minor injuries. “Out of respects for the family’s privacy in their time of grief, we have no further comment. Spanish authorities report that there are still several casualties that are not yet identified.” Sec. Tillerson confirms death of US citizen in terrorist attacks in #Spain; expresses sympathies & offers thoughts and prayers. #Barcelonapic.twitter.com/Qslz4gKKd2— Department of State (@StateDept) August 18, 2017 Click here to read more about the victims. 3:17PM Police ‘do not rule out’ other members of terror cell in Cambrils The woman who died following the attack in Cambrils was part of a family visiting from Zaragoza, two other members of which have also been hospitalised, reports Hannah Strange. The victim has not yet been named. Police in Cambrils said they could not be certain if the attackers had come from outside the beach town or had a base there. Asked by The Telegraph if they believed there could still be members of a cell in the resort, an officer who declined to be named said: “I would not rule it out”. Police chiefs in the town were huddled in meetings as along the promenade tourists began to return to bars and beach chairs, some nervous, others in disbelief at the tragedy that had unfolded while many were sleeping. Spanish police in Cambrils after the attack Credit: Cambrils /EFE Raquel Doval, a 22-year-old student from Navarra on holiday with her family, was having dinner at a restaurant terrace on the promenade when they heard shots, which they initially mistook for fireworks. Suddenly, the staff told them to run inside and hide, and they saw people fleeing and screaming. “We just arrived yesterday. It was our first night,” she told The Telegraph, describing the terror she felt barricaded inside the restaurant and later, as the family edged their way back to the hotel, sticking to areas off limits to vehicles for fear of further attack. Nevertheless, her family planned to stay and finish their holiday, she said. “We do not want to let them think we are afraid. You have to go on.” 2:50PM Motorways leading out of Barcelona gridlocked due to police checks Motorways leading out of Barcelona were gridlocked due to police checkpoints on Friday afternoon, reports James Rothwell. Officers armed with shotguns were scrutinising every passenger in every vehicle leaving Barcelona via the C32 road, slowing the pace of traffic to a crawl. French police officers control vehicles coming across the border from Spain Credit: RAYMOND ROIG/AFP The road runs south along the coastline towards the small town of Alcanar, where a huge explosion took place on Wednesday. Police say they found canisters of gas inside the house and believe it is linked to the attacks. 2:27PM Queen condemns ‘deeply upsetting’ attacks in message to Spain’s king The Queen has sent a message of support to the King of Spain describing the terrorist attacks in his country as “terrible” and commenting how it is “deeply upsetting” when innocent people are put at risk. The Queen said in her message: “Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to Your Majesty, and the people of Spain, following the terrible terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils which killed and seriously injured many. “It is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the people who are recovering in hospital. “Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents.” 2:03PM Police confirm Barcelona van driver is still not ‘identified’ A police chief has told a press conference that the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack has still not been “identified”. Josep Luis Trapero told reporters that investigators are linking the attacks on La Rambla, Cambrils and the explosion in Alcanar. While suspect Moussa Oukabir, who remains on the run, has been named by sources as the suspected van driver, news website La Vanguardia reported that police sources said they have not ruled out the driver is one of those killed in Cambrils. The hired van used in the Las Ramblas attack Four of the dead men in Cambrils have been identified. They were aged 21, 27, 28 and 34. Three were Moroccan and one was Spanish and police said none of them were previously known to the security services for terror-related reasons. But Mr Trapero, a Catalan regional police official, told reporters the fifth man had not yet been identified. He also revealed that police had yet to identify the Barcelona driver and said: “It could be one of the people shot in Cambrils, but we don’t know yet.” Mr Trapero said the suspects had been preparing even bigger attacks “for some time”. He also confirmed: the same officer killed four of the five terrorists in Cambrils: “To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest” that three Moroccans and one Spaniard had been arrested “We work with the hypothesis that the authors were preparing for some time in this building of Alcanar both attacks. It was a group, we do not know the specific number, but we do not rule out having other attacks in mind. They are all identified.” 1:42PM Spanish prime minister: Terrorism is Europe’s main problem Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish Prime Minister, has said that terrorism is “Europe’s main problem right now”. He said: “What makes us most effective is that we are all united. These attacks are not only against us, but against all countries that defend freedom and democratic values.” He added: “It is very important to work together and exchange everything that has to be exchanged. It is the first problem in Europe right now.” 1:39PM How to explain the horrors of terrorism to children With terror attacks becoming an increasingly regular occurrence, who should parents explain what they are seeing on their TV screens to children. Experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists have advised that parents should be honest with their children about terror attacks. Click here for the full advice. 1:21PM Floral tributes laid in Barcelona for terror attack victims As Spain begins three days of mourning, well-wishers have laid flowers and lit candles in memory of the victims in Barcelona. Dozens lay flowers for Barcelona terror attack victims 00:55 1:11PM UK ‘urgently looking into reports’ of British child missing in Spain UK authorities are “urgently looking into reports” of a British dual-nationality child believed to be missing in Spain following the terror attacks, Prime Minister Theresa May said. This is believed to be seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who father is from Sydney, who has lived in England and has been pictured wearing a jumper from a nursery school in Kent. Julian Cadman, seven, pictured in a UK nursery school jumper Mrs May, who spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday morning, added: “We must work together if we are to confront this evil of terrorism, and also to confront and deal with the perverted extremist ideology which drives it – ridding the internet of poisonous material, and ensuring that our police and security services have the powers that they need. Terrorism is the great threat that we all face, but together we will defeat it.” British dual national child missing after Spain terror attacks, says May 01:46 12:59PM Spanish flags in Madrid fly at half-mast In Madrid, the Spanish capital, flags are flying at half-mast to honour those who were killed and injured in the terror attacks. Flags in Madrid fly at half mast 00:32 12:49PM Fourth person arrested over terror attacks A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the Spanish terror attacks, police in Catalonia say. The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was held in Ripoll, where two others had previously been arrested. 12:48PM France strengthening border controls with Spain France is strengthening controls on its border with Spain, the French interior minister says – amid fears that terrorist may try to enter France or has already done so, reports David Chazan. 12:44PM Scotland Yard liaising with Spanish police over attack Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer has said UK officers are liaising with their Spanish counterparts. Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Officers are at UK ports today ready to meet British holidaymakers returning to the UK from the region in order to take any witness accounts. “Anyone who has returned from Spain can also call the confidential hotline with information on 0800 789 321. “We are also urging people who have images or footage that may assist investigators to upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.com.” 12:29PM Hero police officer killed four of five terrorists in Cambrills One Catalan police officer killed four of the five terrorists who used an Audi A3 to plough through pedestrians in the seaside city of Cambrills last night, reports James Crisp. The officer was carrying out a spot check on a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils, when the Audi hit four people before ramming into the police car. One officer suffered a broken tibia and a heavy blow to the head in the collision. One of the five terrorists charges towards police with a knife in Cambrils Credit: Sky News The terrorists’ car overturned in the crash. Seeing the terrorists getting out of the car and advancing towards him with machetes and axes, the hero officer shot four of the terrorists. A fifth fled in the direction of a park, stabbing a passerby in the face with a knife before being gunned down by a police sergeant with a submachine gun, according to La Vanguardia. 12:10PM Dead and wounded made up of 34 different nationalities The dead and wounded from the attacks include 34 different nationalities, Catalan authorities have said. A total of 130 people were wounded in the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. 11:40AM ‘Small number’ of Britons injured in Spanish terror attacks A “small number” of Britons were injured in the terror attacks in Spain and additional staff have been sent to Barcelona to help, the Foreign Office said. 11:31AM British skateboarder: ‘Van was right next to me… just hitting people’ British witness describes horror of Las Ramblas car attack 00:49 11:27AM Death toll rises to 14 as woman injured in Cambrils dies The death toll after the Spanish attacks has risen to 14, emergency services have said. A woman who was critically injured in the town of Cambrils has died. Six other civilians, including a police officer, were also injured in that attack early today. 11:08AM Minute’s silence held in Barcelona’s main square Thousands of people have held a minute’s silence in Barcelona’s main square for victims of yesterday’s attack. It was attended by Spain’s king and premier. Applause breaks out after minute’s silence for Barcelona attack victims 00:50 The minute’s silence on Plaza Catalunya ended in applause and with calls of I am not afraid” in Catalan and in Spanish. 11:04AM First named victim is a father of two from Italy The first named victim of the Barcelona attack is Bruno Gulotta, an Italian father of two young children, reports Helena Horton. He was on holiday with his partner and two children – one of whom is about to start school and the other is seven months old. Mr Gulotta was crushed to death on the Ramblas by the lorry while walking hand in hand with his 5-year-old son who his wife Martina managed to snatch to safety in the nick of time, she was quoted as telling friends. Martina was following her husband carrying their seven-month-old baby girl Aria in a rucksack she was wearing on her chest when Bruno was run down, la Repubblica newspaper quoted her telling his workmates. Bruno Gulotta died in the attack in Barcelona Credit: TOM’S HARDWARE Martina grabbed their son Alessandro, aged 5, and rushed both children to safety but Mr Gulotta, 35, was killed instantly. Mr Gulotta worked as a salesman in a computer shop in Legnano in northern Italy. 10:46AM Witness: Terrorist shot by police ‘got up again like a horror film’ A man caught in the panic of the terrorist attack in Cambrils described the scenes as like watching a “horror film”. Fitzroy Davies, who earlier told how one of the attackers smiled at police, was visiting the town for a judo camp. He told Sky News he saw one of the attackers get back on his feet, despite suffering police gunshots. He said: “He came running up, he had silver stuff on him, he had a thing in his hand, and then somebody shouted ‘police’ and then within 30 seconds the police came. “Next thing you know, they’ve drawn their guns and they were shouting at the guy and then shots were fired. “He then fell down and then within two seconds he stood back up. He then stepped over the fence, charged the police again and the police then gave some more shots and then he fell down again. “I couldn’t understand what he was saying but he was just shouting something and he was going up and down the street and the police were saying ‘stop’, it must have been ‘stop, stop’, or whatever, and he kept charging until, in the end, they shot him.” Mr Davies said the crazed attacker was behaving “like somebody who was on drugs”. He said: “He was just going up and down the street, like ranting, raving and he was – I don’t know if he was all the ticket, I don’t know because he was just going up and down. “And then when he took the first round of shots he fell on the floor, and then within two seconds, I thought I was watching a film, one of them horror films, the guy just stood up. “Just stood up, got back up, walked over the fence and started laughing at the police. “And as he started laughing at the police, he was walking to them and the police started to step backwards and then they shot him again. And that’s when he went down.” Mr Davies said the terrorist appeared to be holding some kind of device, later thought to have been a mock trigger for a fake suicide vest. “I think it did it’s job,” he said. “It made everyone fearful. And I think that’s what they were looking for. “He had something in his hand and at first everybody kept on thinking he’s got something. And that’s why everybody was running.” Eyewitness accounts of Cambrils shooting 00:58 10:23AM Police seek teenager as suspected Barcelona van driver Spanish police have named the man they are seeking as the suspected Barcelona van driver. He is 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir, according to local media. He is the brother of Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Moroccan who is alleged to have rented the vehicle. 10:20AM ‘Defiant’ Las Ramblas reopens as Barcelona unites Less than 24 hours after the Barcelona attack, Las Ramblas reopened this morning in a show of “defiance” as Barcelona residents united to help those affected. Las Ramblas reopens for business following the terror attack Credit: Getty Stallholders opened for business as usual along the main artery of the city. Click here for more reaction. Placards with black ribbons hang on a kiosk in the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas Credit: Reuters 10:04AM 12-strong terror cell behind attacks, police believe Police in Spain have said that a terror cell of 12 people is believed to have been behind the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils as well as the explosion in Alcanar, according to local media. 9:53AM How is the Alcanar house explosion linked to the attacks? A gas explosion at a house in Alcanar that killed one person on Wednesday is being linked to the attacks. The blast that killed one person and injured seven others happened at a property in the village 130 miles from Barcelona. Firefighters found an estimated 20 gas cylinders in the property. The house that collapsed after a gas explosion in the village of Alcanar on Wednesday Credit: JAUME SELLART/EPA Documents found in the rubble of the house established a connection with the Barcelona massacre, investigators believe. Investigators have revealed that they believe an eight-strong terror cell could have been planning a gas canister attack. 9:35AM At least one more terrorist still being sought after van attack At least one more terrorist is still being sought over the Barcelona van attack, Catalan’s regional president has said. Carles Puigdemont told local radio there was at least one “terrorist still out there”, but that “we don’t have information regarding the capacity to do more harm”. This is thought to be the van driver, who is believed to still be on the run after fleeing unarmed. 9:31AM Spanish and EU flags fly at half-mast in Brussels After the twin terror attacks in Spain, both the Spanish and European Union flags are flying at half-mast outside the European Parliament in Brussels this morning. La bandera de España y de la Unión Europea a media asta en la sede del Parlamento Europeo. Europa de luto junto a España. pic.twitter.com/Nr7lSletvA— EP President Tajani (@EP_President) August 18, 2017 9:20AM British boy, seven, missing after Barcelona attack The family of a seven-year-old boy believed to be British has posted on Facebook begging for his safe return after he was separated from his injured mother in the Barcelona attack, reports Helena Horton. Julian Cadman was in the Spanish city with his mother when the van struck where they were walking. The two were reportedly there to attend a wedding. Julian Cadman is pictured wearing a jumper from a British nursery Credit: JOM CADMAN It appears Julian is British. Although his aunt and uncle who are searching for him live in Sydney, Julian is pictured wearing a jumper from a nursery in the UK. He also has relatives who live in the UK. Jumarie ‘Jom’ Cadman, the mother of Julian, was found in hospital and is in a serious but stable condition. Click here for more details on those missing after the attack. 9:00AM Third suspect arrested is 34-year-old Moroccan national The Catalan police have confirmed the third person to be arrested is a 34-year-old Moroccan national who was living in Ripoll. He is believed to be an associate of Oukabir and the driver of the van remains on the run. 8:45AM Terror cell of eight ‘planning attack with gas canisters’ Authorities investigating that attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils believe that a cell of eight people might have been involved and had been planning an attack with gas canisters, according to a judicial source. 8:44AM Man arrested in Ripoll could be driver of car that drove into police checkpoint, official says Joaquim Form, the Catalan interior secretary, told RAC1 radio that initial indications were that the man arrested in Ripoll could be the driver of the car that yesterday drove into a police checkpoint on Avenida Diagonal before abandoning the vehicle in Sant Just Desvern, reports Hannah Strange. The person killed in Sant Just Desvern was apparently the owner of the vehicle, who was found dead from knife wounds inside; it had previously been reported that the driver had died in a police operation. 8:25AM Suicide belts worn by Cambrils attackers were fake, police say The explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region’s head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1. He said bomb experts had confirmed the explosive belts were duds. 8:04AM Cambrils terrorist taunted and smiled at police as they shot him, says British witness Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, was caught up in the second attack in Cambrils and described how police shot dead one of the attackers. He told the BBC he was in Spain for a judo camp and was in a meeting with the coaches when the incident unfolded. “These girls ran into the bar off the street and then people were running up the road. One of our guys stood up, looked and just said ‘run’, so we all ran. “This guy came running up the road and was shouting something. I didn’t know what it was, so we said call the police.” A policeman stands by the car used in a terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP “Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again. “And then they ‘pop, pop’, did a couple of shots and he fell down. “He stood back up and then he stepped over the fence and he started, he was taunting, smiling and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground.” 7:51AM Third arrest in connection with Barcelona attack A third person has been arrested in the Spanish city of Ripoll following the van attack in Barcelona, police and the Catalonia Interior Minister have said. It is unclear if this is the driver of the van that killed 13 people. 7:37AM Recap: How terror returned to streets of Europe If you are just joining our live coverage here’s a recap: Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others. Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large. In the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away, at least six people were hurt when “alleged terrorists” drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces. Police officers help the injured after the van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: David Armengou/EPA The five attackers in the Audi A3, who were wearing bomb belts, were shot dead, police said. The bomb belts were detonated by the force’s bomb squad. Two of the injured in Cambrils were in critical condition, emergency services said. Police say the attacks were linked. Police at the scene in Cambrils where five terrorists were killed Credit: JAUME SELLART/EPA Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack as Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s police chief, warned: “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise.” On Thursday night it was confirmed that a three-year-old child was among the victims and 15 people people were in a critical condition. Police detain a possible suspect after the Barcelona attack Credit: Jason Yu/Twitter Liam Searle, 22, from Chichester, West Sussex, said he was skateboarding along the road at around 5.15pm with his headphones on when he heard “massive bangs and thuds” which he thought were gunshots. “I realised it was the van next to me hitting people.” he said. “The van had stopped right next to me. That’s when two men got out and I ran for my life.” Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old of Moroccan origin, was suspected of having rented the van used in the assault. Spanish reports later said he had handed himself in to police, who were investigating whether his brother had stolen his documentation. A handout photo made available by Spanish National Police shows Driss Oukabir, alleged to have rented the van which was used to crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: Spanish National Police/ HANDOUT Two explosions at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night were last night linked by police to the attack. Officers said the residents had been preparing explosives. At least one person died and more than 16 were injured in what was initially thought to be a gas explosion. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, condemned the “terrible” Las Ramblas assault and said Britain stood firmly with Spain against terrorism. Pictured: the van reportedly used in the attack Donald Trump, the US president, tweeted that the US “will do whatever is necessary to help”, adding: “Be tough & strong, we love you!.” The Spanish royal family described the attackers as “assassins, criminals who won’t terrorise us”, while Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, said the attack was “jihadist terrorism” requiring a global response. Victims of the Barcelona attack Credit: David Armengou/EFE This was the eighth terror attack using a vehicle in Europe in the past three years, following the Nice assault in July 2016 that killed 86 and attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge earlier this year that left four and eight people dead. Earlier this year, jihadists warned that they would be seeking to take their campaign of death and destruction to popular areas in the Mediterranean. Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain The CIA warned Spanish police two months ago that Las Ramblas was a potential target, reports said. Stay with us for the latest updates throughout the day. Terror timeline – Ramming attacks involving vehicles

Barcelona attack: Police confirm Moussa Oukabir shot dead amid fears terror suspects fled across border to France

Coverage continues Saturday Aug 19th A huge manhunt was underway across Europe last night for at least one jihadist feared to be still at large after plotting the Barcelona terrorist attacks. Police and security services were hunting for the remaining members of a Moroccan-born terror cell, amid fears that they could be preparing further attacks at popular tourist areas. The 17-year-old key suspect of the Barcelona van outrage, Moussa Oukabir, was one of five terrorists shot dead by Spanish police during an attack on the coastal resort of Cambrils in the early hours of yesterday, authorities confirmed last night. Cambrils suspect taunts police before being shot 00:52 They also named Said Aalla, 18 and Mohamed Hychami, 24 as among those shot dead. Four other suspects were taken into custody. But police were last night continuing to appeal for information on Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22. There were also reports that two further suspects were being sought. A French security official said last night that Spanish police were looking for a Renault Kangoo van rented on Thursday in Spain by the suspects that may have crossed into France. Security officials believe the attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils were the work of a terror cell of at least 12 people, who may have been inspired by the London Bridge outrage in June. On Thursday afternoon, Oukabir and his associates drove a van along Barcelona’s crowded Las Ramblas thoroughfare, ploughing into tourists leaving 13 dead and more than 100 injured. Moussa Oukabir, 18, is being hunted as the suspected van driver Among those thought to have been killed was a seven-year-old British boy, who had been visiting Barcelona for a family wedding. Julian Cadman, who was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, but later moved to Australia, had been strolling along Las Ramblas with his mother, Jumarie, when they were both mown down. Mrs Cadman was last night understood to be still in hospital in an induced coma, unaware that her son was missing, feared dead. Her husband, Andrew Cadman, who had been unable to attend the Catalonian wedding and had stayed at home in Sydney, boarded a flight to Barcelona and was due to land late last night. Among the other victims was an Italian tourist, Luca Rosso, who was hit as he walked through the streets with his fiancée. Another Italian, Bruno Gulotta, 35, a father of two, was also killed in front of his wife and children. After carrying out the attack, Oukabir is believed to have fled on foot, before hijacking a Ford Focus car, stabbing the driver, and jumping a checkpoint, in order to make his escape. It is then believed he travelled to the coastal resort of Cambrils, where he met up with four fellow jihadists. Driving an Audi A3, they travelled at speed along the town’s promenade but crashed and flipped the car. Barcelona terror attack The jihadists then got out of the vehicle and started to attack the terrified onlookers with knives and axes. All of the jihadists were shot dead by police who were on the scene as part of a heightened security operation following the Barcelona attack. Despite his role as ringleader in the attacks it was not thought that Oukabir had been known previously to the security services. But social media accounts reputed to be linked to him contained a series of Islamist comments. In one post, when asked what he would do on his first day as absolute ruler of the world, Moussa replied: “Kill all infidels and only allow Muslims to continue the religion.” His older brother, Driss, 28, was among four men in custody, who were being held on suspicion of involvement in the atrocities. Police officers by the upturned car used to target civilians in a second terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP A huge explosion at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, in which one man died, was connected with the attacks. Police who searched the remains of the property discovered a large number of gas canisters which they believe were intended to be packed into a vehicle and driven into crowds. Police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said they were planning “a much bigger atrocity” than the one that took place. Yesterday, Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, King Felipe VI and Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia – where both attacks took place – held a minute of silence in Barcelona. It was followed by the crowd shouting “not afraid”. Mapped: Barcelona van attack 5:09AM Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to pray for missing boy Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked people to pray for a young Australian boy who is missing after a vehicle attack on a popular Barcelona promenade that killed 13 people. Mr Turnbull said on Saturday that the boy’s mother was badly injured and is in a hospital following Friday’s attack at the Las Ramblas promenade. Mr Turnbull says the boy’s family is searching for him. He did not release the boy’s name. He added: “All of us as parents know the anguish his father is going through, and his whole family is going through, as they rush to seek to find him in Barcelona.” 3:53AM Security stepped up at sporting events Security is being stepped up at major sporting events in Spain. The country’s main football competition, La Liga, returns this weekend following its three-month summer break. Barcelona’s opening match against Real Betis will go ahead as planned at the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday. Additional police will be on duty at all major sporting venues. In addition, the Vuelta, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours, enters Spain on Tuesday, with thousands of spectators expected to line the route. The stage will finish at Tarragon, which is is only 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) along the Mediterranean coast from Cambrils. 2:13AM Former head of anti-terrorism expert says vehicular terror attacks are difficult to stop Former head of anti-terrorism expert says vehicular terror attacks are difficult to stop 01:33 11:36PM Watch how large Barcelona’s Las Ramblas memorial grows over time Watch how large Barcelona’s Las Ramblas memorial grows over time 00:55 10:07PM Police confirm Moussa Oukabir shot dead by police in Cambrils Spanish police on Friday released the names of three Moroccan suspects in the deadly attacks in Spain’s Catalonia region, shot dead overnight by security forces in the seaside resort of Cambrils. Catalonia’s regional police identified them as Moussa Oukabir, 17, Said Aallaa, 18, and Mohamed Hychami, 24. Police said they were searching for a fourth suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, aged 22. 9:21PM American Daniel Tucker confirmed among the dead as family pays tribute A man says his son, a California resident, is among the dead in a truck attack in Barcelona, Spain. Daniel Tucker tells The Daily News of New York that his son Jared Tucker’s body was identified by his wife at the morgue on Friday. Tucker says, “It’s just something we really just don’t understand.” The couple, celebrating their first wedding anniversary, posed for this photograph just an hour before the attack Jared Tucker and his wife, Heidi Nunes, were visiting Barcelona for their first wedding anniversary. Tucker and his father worked together installing swimming pools. The elder Tucker tells the newspaper that “everybody loved him.” 7:32PM Spanish police ‘looking for a rented Kangoo utility vehicle that may have crossed into France’ A French security official says Spanish police are looking for a Kangoo utility vehicle rented by suspects in the Barcelona attacks that may have crossed into France, AP reports. The official said Spanish police alerted French authorities to the vehicle, rented on Thursday in Spain. The official said French police nationwide are on the lookout for the car, and were given information from Spain about four suspects believed to be on the run. A Renault Kangoo The official was not authorised to be publicly named speaking of an ongoing manhunt. After two deadly vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, France’s interior minister said his country reinforced police surveillance on Friday of what is normally an open border between Spain and France. French officials said on Friday evening that no one has been detained so far in the Spanish investigation. 6:37PM Riot police seal off section of Las Ramblas amid protest Riot police have cordoned off a section of Las Ramblas as a group of people, some with masks over their faces, began shouting and bottles were thrown, Hayley Dixon reports. The group were shouting anti fascist slogans and clapping. 4:56PM Witness tells of hiding in restaurant amid terror attack A 22-year-old eyewitness, Raquel Doval, who was holidaying with her family at the time of the attack in Cambrils, describes how she had to hide in a restaurant to escape the terror. ​ Cambrils eyewitness: we had to hide in restaurant, we were frightened 00:52 4:23PM Are holidaymakers covered by insurance if they refuse to fly to Spain in wake of terror attacks? Holidaymakers worried about terror attacks in Spain might not be covered if they refuse to fly, insurers have warned, reports Laura Hughes. A tour operator is only legally obliged to offer travellers a full refund or an alternative holiday if the Foreign Office advises against visiting a destination. Spain has not been put on the Foreign Office’s “no-go” list following the two terror attacks in Cambrils and Barcelona. Malcolm Tarling, from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), told the Telegraph: “While some travel insurance policies may cover cancellation if the Government advise against it, you may not be covered if you decide against travelling to your destination when there is no advice not to do so. “Travel insurance will cover the costs of any emergency medical treatment needed if you are caught up in a terrorist attack. “If you are in, or are planning to visit, an area where an attack has occurred, you should follow any advice from the UK Government and, where necessary, talk to your travel agent, tour operator, airline or other transport provider. “If you change your travel arrangements, then your travel insurance can usually be transferred to cover the new destination.” 3:56PM Friend of arrested suspect ‘very surprised’ by his arrest Pablo Romeres, a waiter at the el Punt restaurant in Ripoll, told The Telegraph that he was good friends with Driss Oukabir, and that he had been “very surprised” by his arrest last night, reports Harry Yorke. “My friend, Driss, he is first to be accused,” he added. “He lives close to the station here, I know him well. I do not know the others, apart from Moussa, his brother. “He was here when it happened I think, so I don’t think it was him. They are talking about Moussa, so maybe he is connected, who knows. “Do I think he would do something like this? No, definitely not.” 3:37PM Donald Trump uses Barcelona tweets to have a dig at US Democrats President Donald Trump set out to reassure Americans this morning, as they wake up to the latest news from Barcelona, Harriet Alexander in New York writes. He said that the homeland security and law enforcement teams were “on alert and closely watching for any sign of trouble”. He then followed up with a dig at the Democrats, accusing them of threatening the country’s security by their refusal to back his travel ban and their resistance to his plans to give police a free rein. He said he is travelling from his New Jersey golf course to Camp David today to discuss “national security, the border and the military” – his favourite topics. Homeland Security and law enforcement are on alert & closely watching for any sign of trouble. Our borders are far tougher than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 The Obstructionist Democrats make Security for our country very difficult. They use the courts and associated delay at all times. Must stop!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 Heading to Camp David for major meeting on National Security, the Border and the Military (which we are rapidly building to strongest ever).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2017 3:26PM How the Barcelona attack showed all the hallmarks of new jihadi tactics The terror attack in Barcelona that left 14 dead bore an eerie similarity to other recent attacks, showing all the hallmarks of new jihadi methods, writes Jacob Burns. It echoed recent attacks in Nice, Berlin and London. In each of those instances, an attacker drove a vehicle into crowds at high profile locations in the city, with deadly effect. The July 2016 Nice attack involving a lorry killed dozens Credit: ERIC GAILLARD/Reuters In each case, Isil also claimed responsibility, saying that the attackers had answered their call to attack nations who are participating in the anti-Isil coalition. Click here to read more. 3:20PM One American killed in Barcelona attack The US state department has confirmed that one American citizen died in the Barcelona attack and another has suffered minor injuries, reports Harriet Alexander. A spokesman said: “The US consulate general in Barcelona continues to work with local authorities to identify and provide assistance to US citizens affected by the terrorist attacks in Las Ramblas and Cambrils. “At this time we can confirm that one US citizen was killed. We can also confirm that one US citizen sustained minor injuries. “Out of respects for the family’s privacy in their time of grief, we have no further comment. Spanish authorities report that there are still several casualties that are not yet identified.” Sec. Tillerson confirms death of US citizen in terrorist attacks in #Spain; expresses sympathies & offers thoughts and prayers. #Barcelonapic.twitter.com/Qslz4gKKd2— Department of State (@StateDept) August 18, 2017 Click here to read more about the victims. 3:17PM Police ‘do not rule out’ other members of terror cell in Cambrils The woman who died following the attack in Cambrils was part of a family visiting from Zaragoza, two other members of which have also been hospitalised, reports Hannah Strange. The victim has not yet been named. Police in Cambrils said they could not be certain if the attackers had come from outside the beach town or had a base there. Asked by The Telegraph if they believed there could still be members of a cell in the resort, an officer who declined to be named said: “I would not rule it out”. Police chiefs in the town were huddled in meetings as along the promenade tourists began to return to bars and beach chairs, some nervous, others in disbelief at the tragedy that had unfolded while many were sleeping. Spanish police in Cambrils after the attack Credit: Cambrils /EFE Raquel Doval, a 22-year-old student from Navarra on holiday with her family, was having dinner at a restaurant terrace on the promenade when they heard shots, which they initially mistook for fireworks. Suddenly, the staff told them to run inside and hide, and they saw people fleeing and screaming. “We just arrived yesterday. It was our first night,” she told The Telegraph, describing the terror she felt barricaded inside the restaurant and later, as the family edged their way back to the hotel, sticking to areas off limits to vehicles for fear of further attack. Nevertheless, her family planned to stay and finish their holiday, she said. “We do not want to let them think we are afraid. You have to go on.” 2:50PM Motorways leading out of Barcelona gridlocked due to police checks Motorways leading out of Barcelona were gridlocked due to police checkpoints on Friday afternoon, reports James Rothwell. Officers armed with shotguns were scrutinising every passenger in every vehicle leaving Barcelona via the C32 road, slowing the pace of traffic to a crawl. French police officers control vehicles coming across the border from Spain Credit: RAYMOND ROIG/AFP The road runs south along the coastline towards the small town of Alcanar, where a huge explosion took place on Wednesday. Police say they found canisters of gas inside the house and believe it is linked to the attacks. 2:27PM Queen condemns ‘deeply upsetting’ attacks in message to Spain’s king The Queen has sent a message of support to the King of Spain describing the terrorist attacks in his country as “terrible” and commenting how it is “deeply upsetting” when innocent people are put at risk. The Queen said in her message: “Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to Your Majesty, and the people of Spain, following the terrible terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils which killed and seriously injured many. “It is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the people who are recovering in hospital. “Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents.” 2:03PM Police confirm Barcelona van driver is still not ‘identified’ A police chief has told a press conference that the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack has still not been “identified”. Josep Luis Trapero told reporters that investigators are linking the attacks on La Rambla, Cambrils and the explosion in Alcanar. While suspect Moussa Oukabir, who remains on the run, has been named by sources as the suspected van driver, news website La Vanguardia reported that police sources said they have not ruled out the driver is one of those killed in Cambrils. The hired van used in the Las Ramblas attack Four of the dead men in Cambrils have been identified. They were aged 21, 27, 28 and 34. Three were Moroccan and one was Spanish and police said none of them were previously known to the security services for terror-related reasons. But Mr Trapero, a Catalan regional police official, told reporters the fifth man had not yet been identified. He also revealed that police had yet to identify the Barcelona driver and said: “It could be one of the people shot in Cambrils, but we don’t know yet.” Mr Trapero said the suspects had been preparing even bigger attacks “for some time”. He also confirmed: the same officer killed four of the five terrorists in Cambrils: “To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest” that three Moroccans and one Spaniard had been arrested “We work with the hypothesis that the authors were preparing for some time in this building of Alcanar both attacks. It was a group, we do not know the specific number, but we do not rule out having other attacks in mind. They are all identified.” 1:42PM Spanish prime minister: Terrorism is Europe’s main problem Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish Prime Minister, has said that terrorism is “Europe’s main problem right now”. He said: “What makes us most effective is that we are all united. These attacks are not only against us, but against all countries that defend freedom and democratic values.” He added: “It is very important to work together and exchange everything that has to be exchanged. It is the first problem in Europe right now.” 1:39PM How to explain the horrors of terrorism to children With terror attacks becoming an increasingly regular occurrence, who should parents explain what they are seeing on their TV screens to children. Experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists have advised that parents should be honest with their children about terror attacks. Click here for the full advice. 1:21PM Floral tributes laid in Barcelona for terror attack victims As Spain begins three days of mourning, well-wishers have laid flowers and lit candles in memory of the victims in Barcelona. Dozens lay flowers for Barcelona terror attack victims 00:55 1:11PM UK ‘urgently looking into reports’ of British child missing in Spain UK authorities are “urgently looking into reports” of a British dual-nationality child believed to be missing in Spain following the terror attacks, Prime Minister Theresa May said. This is believed to be seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who father is from Sydney, who has lived in England and has been pictured wearing a jumper from a nursery school in Kent. Julian Cadman, seven, pictured in a UK nursery school jumper Mrs May, who spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday morning, added: “We must work together if we are to confront this evil of terrorism, and also to confront and deal with the perverted extremist ideology which drives it – ridding the internet of poisonous material, and ensuring that our police and security services have the powers that they need. Terrorism is the great threat that we all face, but together we will defeat it.” British dual national child missing after Spain terror attacks, says May 01:46 12:59PM Spanish flags in Madrid fly at half-mast In Madrid, the Spanish capital, flags are flying at half-mast to honour those who were killed and injured in the terror attacks. Flags in Madrid fly at half mast 00:32 12:49PM Fourth person arrested over terror attacks A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the Spanish terror attacks, police in Catalonia say. The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was held in Ripoll, where two others had previously been arrested. 12:48PM France strengthening border controls with Spain France is strengthening controls on its border with Spain, the French interior minister says – amid fears that terrorist may try to enter France or has already done so, reports David Chazan. 12:44PM Scotland Yard liaising with Spanish police over attack Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer has said UK officers are liaising with their Spanish counterparts. Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Officers are at UK ports today ready to meet British holidaymakers returning to the UK from the region in order to take any witness accounts. “Anyone who has returned from Spain can also call the confidential hotline with information on 0800 789 321. “We are also urging people who have images or footage that may assist investigators to upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.com.” 12:29PM Hero police officer killed four of five terrorists in Cambrills One Catalan police officer killed four of the five terrorists who used an Audi A3 to plough through pedestrians in the seaside city of Cambrills last night, reports James Crisp. The officer was carrying out a spot check on a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils, when the Audi hit four people before ramming into the police car. One officer suffered a broken tibia and a heavy blow to the head in the collision. One of the five terrorists charges towards police with a knife in Cambrils Credit: Sky News The terrorists’ car overturned in the crash. Seeing the terrorists getting out of the car and advancing towards him with machetes and axes, the hero officer shot four of the terrorists. A fifth fled in the direction of a park, stabbing a passerby in the face with a knife before being gunned down by a police sergeant with a submachine gun, according to La Vanguardia. 12:10PM Dead and wounded made up of 34 different nationalities The dead and wounded from the attacks include 34 different nationalities, Catalan authorities have said. A total of 130 people were wounded in the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. 11:40AM ‘Small number’ of Britons injured in Spanish terror attacks A “small number” of Britons were injured in the terror attacks in Spain and additional staff have been sent to Barcelona to help, the Foreign Office said. 11:31AM British skateboarder: ‘Van was right next to me… just hitting people’ British witness describes horror of Las Ramblas car attack 00:49 11:27AM Death toll rises to 14 as woman injured in Cambrils dies The death toll after the Spanish attacks has risen to 14, emergency services have said. A woman who was critically injured in the town of Cambrils has died. Six other civilians, including a police officer, were also injured in that attack early today. 11:08AM Minute’s silence held in Barcelona’s main square Thousands of people have held a minute’s silence in Barcelona’s main square for victims of yesterday’s attack. It was attended by Spain’s king and premier. Applause breaks out after minute’s silence for Barcelona attack victims 00:50 The minute’s silence on Plaza Catalunya ended in applause and with calls of I am not afraid” in Catalan and in Spanish. 11:04AM First named victim is a father of two from Italy The first named victim of the Barcelona attack is Bruno Gulotta, an Italian father of two young children, reports Helena Horton. He was on holiday with his partner and two children – one of whom is about to start school and the other is seven months old. Mr Gulotta was crushed to death on the Ramblas by the lorry while walking hand in hand with his 5-year-old son who his wife Martina managed to snatch to safety in the nick of time, she was quoted as telling friends. Martina was following her husband carrying their seven-month-old baby girl Aria in a rucksack she was wearing on her chest when Bruno was run down, la Repubblica newspaper quoted her telling his workmates. Bruno Gulotta died in the attack in Barcelona Credit: TOM’S HARDWARE Martina grabbed their son Alessandro, aged 5, and rushed both children to safety but Mr Gulotta, 35, was killed instantly. Mr Gulotta worked as a salesman in a computer shop in Legnano in northern Italy. 10:46AM Witness: Terrorist shot by police ‘got up again like a horror film’ A man caught in the panic of the terrorist attack in Cambrils described the scenes as like watching a “horror film”. Fitzroy Davies, who earlier told how one of the attackers smiled at police, was visiting the town for a judo camp. He told Sky News he saw one of the attackers get back on his feet, despite suffering police gunshots. He said: “He came running up, he had silver stuff on him, he had a thing in his hand, and then somebody shouted ‘police’ and then within 30 seconds the police came. “Next thing you know, they’ve drawn their guns and they were shouting at the guy and then shots were fired. “He then fell down and then within two seconds he stood back up. He then stepped over the fence, charged the police again and the police then gave some more shots and then he fell down again. “I couldn’t understand what he was saying but he was just shouting something and he was going up and down the street and the police were saying ‘stop’, it must have been ‘stop, stop’, or whatever, and he kept charging until, in the end, they shot him.” Mr Davies said the crazed attacker was behaving “like somebody who was on drugs”. He said: “He was just going up and down the street, like ranting, raving and he was – I don’t know if he was all the ticket, I don’t know because he was just going up and down. “And then when he took the first round of shots he fell on the floor, and then within two seconds, I thought I was watching a film, one of them horror films, the guy just stood up. “Just stood up, got back up, walked over the fence and started laughing at the police. “And as he started laughing at the police, he was walking to them and the police started to step backwards and then they shot him again. And that’s when he went down.” Mr Davies said the terrorist appeared to be holding some kind of device, later thought to have been a mock trigger for a fake suicide vest. “I think it did it’s job,” he said. “It made everyone fearful. And I think that’s what they were looking for. “He had something in his hand and at first everybody kept on thinking he’s got something. And that’s why everybody was running.” Eyewitness accounts of Cambrils shooting 00:58 10:23AM Police seek teenager as suspected Barcelona van driver Spanish police have named the man they are seeking as the suspected Barcelona van driver. He is 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir, according to local media. He is the brother of Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Moroccan who is alleged to have rented the vehicle. 10:20AM ‘Defiant’ Las Ramblas reopens as Barcelona unites Less than 24 hours after the Barcelona attack, Las Ramblas reopened this morning in a show of “defiance” as Barcelona residents united to help those affected. Las Ramblas reopens for business following the terror attack Credit: Getty Stallholders opened for business as usual along the main artery of the city. Click here for more reaction. Placards with black ribbons hang on a kiosk in the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas Credit: Reuters 10:04AM 12-strong terror cell behind attacks, police believe Police in Spain have said that a terror cell of 12 people is believed to have been behind the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils as well as the explosion in Alcanar, according to local media. 9:53AM How is the Alcanar house explosion linked to the attacks? A gas explosion at a house in Alcanar that killed one person on Wednesday is being linked to the attacks. The blast that killed one person and injured seven others happened at a property in the village 130 miles from Barcelona. Firefighters found an estimated 20 gas cylinders in the property. The house that collapsed after a gas explosion in the village of Alcanar on Wednesday Credit: JAUME SELLART/EPA Documents found in the rubble of the house established a connection with the Barcelona massacre, investigators believe. Investigators have revealed that they believe an eight-strong terror cell could have been planning a gas canister attack. 9:35AM At least one more terrorist still being sought after van attack At least one more terrorist is still being sought over the Barcelona van attack, Catalan’s regional president has said. Carles Puigdemont told local radio there was at least one “terrorist still out there”, but that “we don’t have information regarding the capacity to do more harm”. This is thought to be the van driver, who is believed to still be on the run after fleeing unarmed. 9:31AM Spanish and EU flags fly at half-mast in Brussels After the twin terror attacks in Spain, both the Spanish and European Union flags are flying at half-mast outside the European Parliament in Brussels this morning. La bandera de España y de la Unión Europea a media asta en la sede del Parlamento Europeo. Europa de luto junto a España. pic.twitter.com/Nr7lSletvA— EP President Tajani (@EP_President) August 18, 2017 9:20AM British boy, seven, missing after Barcelona attack The family of a seven-year-old boy believed to be British has posted on Facebook begging for his safe return after he was separated from his injured mother in the Barcelona attack, reports Helena Horton. Julian Cadman was in the Spanish city with his mother when the van struck where they were walking. The two were reportedly there to attend a wedding. Julian Cadman is pictured wearing a jumper from a British nursery Credit: JOM CADMAN It appears Julian is British. Although his aunt and uncle who are searching for him live in Sydney, Julian is pictured wearing a jumper from a nursery in the UK. He also has relatives who live in the UK. Jumarie ‘Jom’ Cadman, the mother of Julian, was found in hospital and is in a serious but stable condition. Click here for more details on those missing after the attack. 9:00AM Third suspect arrested is 34-year-old Moroccan national The Catalan police have confirmed the third person to be arrested is a 34-year-old Moroccan national who was living in Ripoll. He is believed to be an associate of Oukabir and the driver of the van remains on the run. 8:45AM Terror cell of eight ‘planning attack with gas canisters’ Authorities investigating that attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils believe that a cell of eight people might have been involved and had been planning an attack with gas canisters, according to a judicial source. 8:44AM Man arrested in Ripoll could be driver of car that drove into police checkpoint, official says Joaquim Form, the Catalan interior secretary, told RAC1 radio that initial indications were that the man arrested in Ripoll could be the driver of the car that yesterday drove into a police checkpoint on Avenida Diagonal before abandoning the vehicle in Sant Just Desvern, reports Hannah Strange. The person killed in Sant Just Desvern was apparently the owner of the vehicle, who was found dead from knife wounds inside; it had previously been reported that the driver had died in a police operation. 8:25AM Suicide belts worn by Cambrils attackers were fake, police say The explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region’s head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1. He said bomb experts had confirmed the explosive belts were duds. 8:04AM Cambrils terrorist taunted and smiled at police as they shot him, says British witness Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, was caught up in the second attack in Cambrils and described how police shot dead one of the attackers. He told the BBC he was in Spain for a judo camp and was in a meeting with the coaches when the incident unfolded. “These girls ran into the bar off the street and then people were running up the road. One of our guys stood up, looked and just said ‘run’, so we all ran. “This guy came running up the road and was shouting something. I didn’t know what it was, so we said call the police.” A policeman stands by the car used in a terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP “Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again. “And then they ‘pop, pop’, did a couple of shots and he fell down. “He stood back up and then he stepped over the fence and he started, he was taunting, smiling and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground.” 7:51AM Third arrest in connection with Barcelona attack A third person has been arrested in the Spanish city of Ripoll following the van attack in Barcelona, police and the Catalonia Interior Minister have said. It is unclear if this is the driver of the van that killed 13 people. 7:37AM Recap: How terror returned to streets of Europe If you are just joining our live coverage here’s a recap: Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others. Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large. In the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away, at least six people were hurt when “alleged terrorists” drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces. Police officers help the injured after the van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: David Armengou/EPA The five attackers in the Audi A3, who were wearing bomb belts, were shot dead, police said. The bomb belts were detonated by the force’s bomb squad. Two of the injured in Cambrils were in critical condition, emergency services said. Police say the attacks were linked. Police at the scene in Cambrils where five terrorists were killed Credit: JAUME SELLART/EPA Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack as Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s police chief, warned: “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise.” On Thursday night it was confirmed that a three-year-old child was among the victims and 15 people people were in a critical condition. Police detain a possible suspect after the Barcelona attack Credit: Jason Yu/Twitter Liam Searle, 22, from Chichester, West Sussex, said he was skateboarding along the road at around 5.15pm with his headphones on when he heard “massive bangs and thuds” which he thought were gunshots. “I realised it was the van next to me hitting people.” he said. “The van had stopped right next to me. That’s when two men got out and I ran for my life.” Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old of Moroccan origin, was suspected of having rented the van used in the assault. Spanish reports later said he had handed himself in to police, who were investigating whether his brother had stolen his documentation. A handout photo made available by Spanish National Police shows Driss Oukabir, alleged to have rented the van which was used to crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: Spanish National Police/ HANDOUT Two explosions at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night were last night linked by police to the attack. Officers said the residents had been preparing explosives. At least one person died and more than 16 were injured in what was initially thought to be a gas explosion. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, condemned the “terrible” Las Ramblas assault and said Britain stood firmly with Spain against terrorism. Pictured: the van reportedly used in the attack Donald Trump, the US president, tweeted that the US “will do whatever is necessary to help”, adding: “Be tough & strong, we love you!.” The Spanish royal family described the attackers as “assassins, criminals who won’t terrorise us”, while Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, said the attack was “jihadist terrorism” requiring a global response. Victims of the Barcelona attack Credit: David Armengou/EFE This was the eighth terror attack using a vehicle in Europe in the past three years, following the Nice assault in July 2016 that killed 86 and attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge earlier this year that left four and eight people dead. Earlier this year, jihadists warned that they would be seeking to take their campaign of death and destruction to popular areas in the Mediterranean. Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain The CIA warned Spanish police two months ago that Las Ramblas was a potential target, reports said. Stay with us for the latest updates throughout the day. Terror timeline – Ramming attacks involving vehicles

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

Vladimir Putin: The man, the spy, the president He is one of the most enigmatic figures on the world stage: a slight, poker-faced man in his mid-60s, someone with the ideal face and temperament to be a spy, which, of course, he was. Vladimir Putin, born in Leningrad at the height of the Cold War, a lawyer and KGB agent before he entered politics, is now mostly seen in ceremonial settings, shaking hands with other world leaders at the G-20 summit, or riding horses, shirtless, in staged propaganda photographs. But even secret agents have families and personal lives, and people around them with cameras. Here are some images rarely seen before, of a young Putin growing up under Communism, practicing judo (of which he is, reputedly, a master) and holding his children. Despite his predilection for projecting bare-chested machismo, he seems most at home in a nondescript suit and hat, or a uniform. His characteristic expression, even as a child and with his own children, is best described as “guarded”; he seems to have never laughed in his life or even cracked a smile. Former President George W. Bush famously said after meeting Putin that he had looked him in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” See if you can do the same. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) Photography by Russian Look via ZUMA Wire See more photos of young Vladimir Putin and our other slideshows on Yahoo News .

2017 Youth Commonwealth Games - Judo

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - JULY 18: Simon Zulu of Zambia celebrates defeating Georgios BALARJISHVILI of Cyprus to win the gold medal in the Boys -60 kg judo final on day 1 of the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games at Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium on July 18, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

2017 Youth Commonwealth Games - Judo

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - JULY 18: Mya Georgios BALARJISHVILI of Cyprus competes against Simon Zulu of Zambia in the Boys -60 kg judo final on day 1 of the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games at Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium on July 18, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

2017 Youth Commonwealth Games - Judo

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - JULY 18: Lachlan Moorhead of England competes against Ryan Quigley of Scotland in the Boys -73 kg judo on day 1 of the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games at Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium on July 18, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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