BREAKING: Desperate suspect is shot dead two hours after van terror attack as he ran over two police officers at roadblock while attempting to flee area

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One of the suspects involved in the Barcelona terror attack has been shot dead after running over two police officers while attempting to flee.

A white Ford Focus broke through the roadblock, set up at entrances and exits to the city, and collided with officers, leaving them both injured.

Police said shots were fired between occupants of the car and officers.

The driver was later shot dead in a shootout with the police in Sant Just Desvern, on the outskirts of the city, local media said.

Just hours before, at least 13 people were killed and more than 80 injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in the busy tourist street.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack and terror police have also arrested two suspects.

Police launched ‘Operation Cage’ to capture those responsible for the attack and also denied early reports that hostages were being held in a bar in the city.

El Pais reported detained suspect Driss Oukabir is a Moroccan citizen, born in Aghbala, 180 miles south east of the capital Rabat, and is a resident in Spain.

He has previously spent time in prison in Figueres, 85 miles north east of Barcelona, being released in 2012, the newspaper said.

He arrived again from Morocco on Sunday, anti-terrorist sources told the newspaper, having previously been in Madrid earlier in the year.

However, TVE1 reported that Oukabir is from Marseilles, France, and lives in Ripoll in Girona, north of Barcelona, citing a Facebook page.

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: ‘The terrorists will never defeat a united people who love liberty over barbarity. All of Spain is with the victims and families.

‘I am heading to Barcelona. Maximum coordination to arrest the attackers, reinforce security and attend to those affected.’

Eyewitnesses reported seeing people running away and screaming after the terror attack happened.

A witness called Angel said he had seen the attacker close up and described him as ‘a young man, maximum 25 years old, chestnut brown hair and skinny.’

A taxi driver told Catalan TV station TV3: ‘The van was doing zigzags knocking over everyone he could. It was shocking.’

Police were reported to have found a Spanish passport inside the van.

 

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