On Thursday evening in Barcelona, a van plowed through a crowd, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. The use of a vehicle as a deadly weapon has become an uncomfortably common scene, from France to Germany to Charlottesville, VA. The driver of the vehicle is still on the run, and while the motives of the suspect are not certain, the Spanish Prime Minister unequivocally stated that this was an act of “jihadi terrorism.” ISIS applauded the attack but did not overtly take credit.
An attempted second terror attack was foiled in the early morning hours on Friday in the coastal city of Cambrils. Details are still unclear, but Spanish authorities have confirmed that five suspected terrorists were killed after they attempted to perform a similar attack with a vehicle. Seven people were injured before the suspects were killed.