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Explosive belts worn by Cambrils attackers were fake - Catalan regional head
August 18, 2017 / 7:32 AM / 3 months ago

Explosive belts worn by Cambrils attackers were fake - Catalan regional head

MADRID (Reuters) - The explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in the Catalan resort town of Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region’s head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1 on Friday.

A police officer stands near the scene where police had killed four attackers in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

A suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people on Thursday, and police also said they had killed five attackers later that evening in Cambrils to thwart a separate attack using explosive belts.

Puigdemont said bomb experts had now confirmed the explosive belts were duds.

Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz and Carla Raffin, Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Paul Day

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