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Barcelona: terror cell 'dismantled', threat level 'high'

The Spanish government says it considers the terror cell behind Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona has been dismantled.

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Barcelona: terror cell 'dismantled', threat level 'high'

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The Spanish government says it considers the terror cell behind Thursday’s (August 17) terrorist attack in Barcelona has been dismantled. Spain’s interior minister said the country is keeping its threat level at high, signaling further attacks could be imminent, although he said there was no information about any specific threat. He said security would be reinforced in crowded areas and tourists hot spots after a van mowed down people in Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13.

Police have arrested four suspects: three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla. Migrants regularly use Melilla as an entry point to the European Union, which they reach by climbing over border fences, or swimming along the coast.

Three other suspects and are believed at large. Spanish media say two of them may have been killed. A manhunt is underway for a further suspect.