August 19th, 2017

Updates on the Barcelona and Cambrils terrorist attacks

The perpetrators of the Barcelona and Cambrils terrorist attacks seem to have been a fairly large and organized group of young men who are either Spanish citizens of Moroccan origin or non-citizens of Moroccan origin (the coverage has not made it clear):

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…

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…

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.

And here I thought they were inspired by Fields in Charlottesville—or at least, Wolf Blitzer thought it:

“There will be questions about copycats, there will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all,” Blitzer responded, “at all a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, even though they may be different characters, different political ambitions.

“They used the same killing device,” he explained, “a vehicle going at high speed going into a group, a large group of pedestrians.”

Blitzer, fool or knave? Or is he just the kind of guy who doesn’t follow the news and hasn’t a clue that vehicle attacks have been the m.o. of Islamicist terrorists for years—and that if anyone was a copycat, it was the Charlottesville perp?

Here are some of the dead in Spain. They range from little children to the elderly, although most are young adults. It is heartbreaking to see the happy photos, some of them taken not long before the people in them were mowed down. One 7-year-old child is still missing (see this), and many of the dead are from countries other than Spain because the site of the attack was a popular tourist spot.

It’s quite common for the details from first reports to subsequently turn out to be untrue. But if this story about the Cambrils attack response is correct, there’s quite a cinematic tale there. Police were able to react quickly because there were extra officers stationed in the vicinity due to the previous attack in Las Ramblas:

The [terrorists’] Audi ploughed into pedestrians [in Cambrils], injuring up to four people. The car then tried to mount a kerb but in doing so flipped into the air and landed on its roof…

The terrorists crawled out the car, brandishing their weapons. One officer from the police car suffered a broken leg and a head wound.

His colleague, reacting with lightning speed, pulled out her pistol and shot four of the terrorists dead. The officer was last night being called a hero.

“To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest,” said Josep Luis Trapero, a Catalan police chief. The fifth attacker – the one captured [in a video showing him taunting the police] on Fitzroy Davies’s camera phone – fled the scene…

Mr Davies likened the scene to “a horror film”, adding: “Particularly when he jumped back up after being shot and started laughing at the police. I can’t get that out of my mind.”

That terrorist was later killed as well.

Police are also seeking an iman who is thought to have been in contact with all the perpetrators, who hail from an area called Ripoli:

El Pais, a leading Spanish daily, said they were investigating whether the imam, who apparently left Ripoll around a month ago, might be one of two dead bodies discovered in the Alcanar house [after an explosion]. Sources involved in the investigation told El Confidencial they believed he was a “spiritual or idealogical leader” to the cell members, radicalising them and helping them to plan the attacks.

The sources cited the lack of previous terror links among the group…

The imam, said to be a father of about 45 years old, had never said or done anything to prompt concern, said the mosque chief, Ali Yassine.

“We never heard anything about him or received any (complaint) until this happened, and we don’t know how this happened, this has fallen on us like a stone,” he said. But, he added, no one could know what was happening “inside a person’s head”.

The suspected cell members rarely came to the mosque, but from their little interaction had seemed like “normal boys”, Mr Yassine explained…

These seem to have been unknown wolves.

14 Responses to “Updates on the Barcelona and Cambrils terrorist attacks”

  1. Mr. Frank Says:

    The female LEO was good with a pistol taking out four nut jobs. I’m guessing that European cops have been putting in some time on the range the last few years.

  2. Llwddythlw Says:

    The term that I think best describes Blitzer is the Hebrew “chacham balayla”, literally “wise at night”. One interpretation is that such a person is wiser when they are sleeping and not speaking.

  3. John Guilfoyle Says:

    Blitzer has consumed the Kool-Aid. He has lost (like most of the left & fake right) all touch with reality. If he can look down the camera lens & attack Trump with a lie…he will. He has no idea how devotees of Islam will treat him when the putsch comes…but he services the “destroy America” narrative nonetheless.

  4. Richard Aubrey Says:

    We have come to a factual situation:
    If there are Muslims there will be terror.
    If there are no Muslims, there will be no, or very much less, terror.
    What that absolutely truthful assertion means in terms of actions is troubling. I suggest nothing, to preclude being accused of proposing genocide or some such.
    I merely make the factual point.
    Things may come to a situation where some action based on the fact is proposed. But how bad will things have to be? In Sweden, apparently the worse things get the better they feel about it. Odd.

  5. n.n Says:

    The “Big Bang” theory of spontaneous human terrorism in a progressive dysfunctional convergence.

  6. Frog Says:

    We overlook what Jefferson did to solve the Muslim piracy probel. He built a navy of then- infantile dimensions and took the battle straight to Tripoli. Cannonades at the pirates’ ships and home port solved the problem, almost overnight.
    “To the shores of Tripoli”!
    And before that: “Carthago delenda est”.
    The problem now is of different dimension, but the principle remains the same. Start with Iran. Nukes are OK as modern day cannonades. Take out coastal Libya, including Benghazi.

  7. TommyJay Says:

    The Cabrils attack reminds me of the Garland TX failed attack. One cop with their head screwed on tight saved many lives.

    “To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest.” Forget digestion. This is extremely difficult for one person to accomplish. This lady is a hero squared.

  8. AesopFan Says:

    Richard Aubrey Says:
    August 19th, 2017 at 6:45 pm
    We have come to a factual situation:
    If there are Muslims there will be terror.
    If there are no Muslims, there will be no, or very much less, terror.
    * * *
    One picture is worth a thousand pixels.

  9. parker Says:

    Welllll, I would be a harsh SOB were I CINC. It would take Islam 2000 years to recover. Perhaps vanish from the face of the earth within 5 years count down. When you abandon unconditional surrender you abandon victory. It is that simple, but the will to victory is lacking. That includes the Donald. If one is half in on a life or death struggle, one is dead.

  10. Yancey Ward Says:

    Spanish citizens of Moroccan origin or non-citizens of Moroccan origin (the coverage has not made it clear):

    You can usually interpret a lack of precision in such things pretty easily.

  11. Frog Says:

    Yeesh. Brilliant Blitzer sez, “They used the same killing device” as the lone wolf in Charlottesville, so they must somehow be linked, as in ‘copycat’? A number of Moroccans who had been plotting, building bombs for months, who read ISIS’ posts on using instruments readily available, like knives and cars?

    Yup, an infantryman, a deer hunter, a sniper assassin and the ISIS fighters all use the same killing device too.
    They are all copycats, Wolf.

    Imbecile. Leftist.

    But imbecile Leftists like Blitzer on CNN and Juan Williams on Fox are somehow worth millions per year. One network is Unbalanced, the other is Fair and Unbalanced.
    Which is why my tube is off almost all the time.

  12. Ann Says:

    In the Times of Israel — “Following attack, Barcelona’s chief rabbi says his community is doomed”; an excerpt:

    [The rabbi] also charged that authorities and some politicians are reluctant to confront Islamist terrorism. He cited the government’s decision in April to allow Leila Khaled, a Palestinian terrorist who was convicted in a plot to hijack an airplane in 1969, to enter the country for a book festival. This showed authorities “do not understand the nature of terrorism, if they treat it as an action by the disenfranchised,” Bar-Hen said.

    Ignoring calls to ban the visit by Khaled — book fair organizers hung posters of Khaled on main streets — Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau Ballano of the far-left Barcelona en Comú party led the passage in April of a city council resolution condemning Israel’s “violations of international law.”

    On Friday, Colau Ballano wrote on Facebook: “Barcelona is a city of peace. Terror will not make us stop being who we are: a brave city open to the world.” She urged readers to show up at a solidarity rally that day.

    Angel Mas, founder of the ACOM pro-Israel group, which protested Khaled’s visit, said that it is “pure cynicism” of Colau Ballano to claim to oppose terrorism in light of her support for Khaled “and other individuals that support terrorist causes,” as he phrased it.

  13. Ymar Sakar Says:

    What persecution did not accomplish with the first generations of Christians, the pagan Babylonian priests accomplished by marrying the body of believers with Pergamon.

  14. Sean Says:


    Wolf was just trolling. He knew it was a stupid thing to say, he just wanted to piss off the Right.

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