Barcelona attack: Did children a favour by killing their parents says ISIS
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly van attack in Barcelona which left 13 persons dead. A deadly message posted by the ISIS stated, " we did their children a favour by killing them. Their parents are kafirs," the message read.
Moments after the attack, ISIS supporters circulated images, old attack guides, commentary and celebratory messages.
"The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State," Amaq said on its Telegram messenger account, without naming those it claimed were behind the attack.
Amaq said they had launched the attack in response to calls to target states taking part in the United States-led coalition battling the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.
At least 13 people were killed on Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street in what police said was a "terror attack".
Police said they had arrested two suspects after the assault, the latest in a wave of vehicle rampages across Europe in recent years. The attack caused panic on the streets of Spain's largest city and drew condemnation from world leaders.
The famous Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona's busiest streets, lined with shops and restaurants and normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night.