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更新时间:2017-8-19 9:30:16 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

Van Hits Pedestrians in Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack

A van driver deliberately zigzagged into a crowd enjoying a sunny afternoon on Barcelona’s main pedestrian mall Thursday, killing at least 13 people and leaving 80 lying bloodied on the pavement.


Hours later, the Catalan police said they foiled a second van attack, in the seaside town of Cambrils, 70 miles to the south, fatally shooting four people. A fifth died later of wounds, the police said. The suspects appeared to be wearing explosive belts, according to Spanish news reports. Six civilians and one police officer were injured during the episode, the Catalan emergency services said.


It was the worst terrorist attack in Spain since 2004, and was at least the sixth time in the past few years that assailants using vehicles as deadly weapons have struck a European city.


The police cordoned off the Plaza de Cataluña and Las Ramblas in the heart of Barcelona, both tourist destinations, and began a chaotic pursuit for the people who carried out the attack.

警方封锁了巴塞罗那市中心的两个旅游目的地加泰罗尼亚(Plaza de Cataluña)广场和兰布拉大街(Las Ramblas),开始忙于追捕袭击者。

Two people were later arrested, including a Moroccan man whose identification documents had been used to rent the van. But the Barcelona police said neither was believed to be the driver, who remained at large.


The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assault, which shattered a peaceful summer afternoon in one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. President Donald Trump and other Western leaders quickly condemned the attack and pledged cooperation.


In a sign of the confusion that prevailed after the attack, local television reported one assailant, armed with a rifle, had run into a restaurant and was besieged by the police. The police said the entire incident was false.


Witnesses described people screaming and running for their lives as the van driver wove back and forth just after 5:30 p.m., apparently trying to hit as many people as he could. Police officers swept through the area near Las Ramblas, a wide boulevard with a large pedestrian section, moving people out of the area.


Videos taken by witnesses posted online showed men, women and children lying motionless on the ground amid broken umbrellas and chairs, in the shade of trees, many bleeding profusely, while paramedics and friends knelt to comfort them as police sirens wailed.


Whitney Cohn, a mathematics teacher from Montebello, New York, was walking along the mall with her husband and two children, on the way back to her hotel after visiting a museum, when the van came careening through the crowd, throwing people aside like dolls as screams pierced the air. She grabbed her two daughters and started running. “It was flying,” Cohn said in an telephone interview from a nearby restaurant. “The van missed us by a sec.”

来自纽约蒙特贝洛(Montebello)的数学老师惠特尼·科恩(Whitney Cohn)与丈夫和两个孩子在参观完一座博物馆后回酒店的途中,经过这里时,正好遇到肇事汽车冲进人群,受害者像玩偶一般被冲到两边,尖叫声划破半空。她抓着两个女儿就开始逃命。“车速很快,”科恩在附近的一家餐厅接受电话采访时说,“车差一点就撞到了我们。”

Other witnesses described chaos as people dropped their belongings and fled as the van entered the mall and accelerated, hitting people indiscriminately, among them children, women and the elderly.


People streamed away onto side streets, many of them weeping. “It was horrific,” said Sergi Alcazar, a 25-year-old photographer who arrived 10 minutes after the attack to find victims lying amid broken umbrellas, chairs and cafe tables.

人们逃散到小巷中,很多人都在流泪。“这太可怕了,”25岁的摄影师塞尔希·阿尔卡萨(Sergi Alcazar)在袭击发生10分钟后到达现场,看到受害者躺在破损的遮阳伞、椅子和咖啡桌之间。

Until Thursday, Spain had been spared from the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Europe — many involving vehicles plowing into crowds — claimed by extremists in France, Germany, Britain and elsewhere.


Keith Fleming, an American who lives just off Las Ramblas, told The Associated Press that he was watching television when he heard a noise, looked out over his balcony and “saw women and children just running and they looked terrified.”

住在兰布拉大街附近的美国人基思·弗莱明(Keith Fleming)告诉美联社,当时他正在看电视,听到喧哗声就走到阳台向下看,“妇女和孩子们正在奔逃,他们看上去吓坏了”。

Fleming said that the street was deserted, with the exception of police officers with guns drawn or in riot gear. “It’s just kind of a tense situation,” The AP reported him as saying. “Clearly people were scared.”


Facebook activated its safety-check feature for Barcelona, taxis were reportedly giving free rides to help people get out of the city center, and public transit was free in the areas where it was still operating.


U.S. counterterrorism officials in Washington said they were in contact with the Spanish authorities to offer any assistance, but underscored that the investigation had just started.


Trump said on Twitter that the United States condemned the attack and would “do whatever is necessary to help, telling Spaniards to “Be tough & strong, we love you!”


In a subsequent Twitter post, Trump seemed to blame Islamist militants for the attack, citing what is widely believed to be a fictitious account of a military event, and even though the Spanish government had not identified any individuals or groups who might have been behind the attack.


Pro-Islamic State accounts on the Telegram messaging service shared news of the attack. One channel, called “Expansion of the Caliphate,” posted video of the scene of the violence alongside a message in Arabic. “Terror is filling the hearts of the Crusader in the Land of Andalusia,” it said.


In the past year, the Islamic State has devoted resources to translating their channels and messages into Spanish.


Although countries like France and Britain have repeatedly been named in Islamic State propaganda urging followers to plan and stage attacks, Spain has been less in the cross hairs.


The country has, however, been a transit point for recruits of the militant group, both for those going to Syria and those returning. The Spanish police arrested nine people in April who they said may have been connected with deadly attacks in France and Spain.


The attack appeared to follow the playbook of recent assaults in which attackers drove vehicles into crowded stretches of large European cities.


“While it’s not clear whether the attackers corresponded with ISIS prior to the operation, it’s clear that the methods used in the attack is something ISIS encouraged and incited over and again,” said Laith Alkhouri, a director in New York of the business-risk intelligence company Flashpoint, which tracks militant threats and cyberthreats.

“虽然目前尚不清楚攻击者是否在行动之前与伊斯兰国有过接触,但是很明显,这次袭击中采用的方法是伊斯兰国反复鼓励和煽动的那种。”对武装威胁和网络威胁进行追踪的纽约商业风险情报公司Flashpoint的主管莱斯·阿霍里(Laith Alkhouri)说道。