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US officials reportedly warned Spain before the terror

Friday, September 1st, 2017 | World News

After the terrorist attacks in Catalonia with 16 dead, the security authorities are increasingly criticized in Spain. Supposedly the investigators have already received end of May from the US authorities a reference to planned attacks. The famous boulevard "Las Ramblas" was mentioned explicitly.

The newspaper "El Periódico" and "El País" reported the warning. According to different figures, it is attributed to the US intelligence agency CIA or the US terrorist center NCTC. The warning had been passed on to Catalonia's police, the "Mossos d'Esquadra" and the Spanish intelligence service CNI.

"El Periódico" quoted from the May note: "Unconfirmed information with unknown credibility from the end of May 2017, the IS planned to carry out terrorist attacks against tourism targets in Barcelona in the summer, in particular the Las Ramblas street." The Spanish radio station SER quoted anti-terrorist investigators, according to which the published warning from the USA is genuine.

Joaquim Forn, Interior Minister of the Region, confirmed that there was an indication. But he did not say who gave it. "We get dozens of such clues and treat them all in the same way: we evaluate them and share them with our security authorities." In this particular case, the credibility was considered to be very low, Forn said.

He also said that the attack on the Catalan and Spanish security authorities had come "from other sources". There is also "absolutely no connection of this information with the attacks" of 17 August. The police also defended the media reports. "We have not received anything from the CIA," the "Mossos" twittered. "We defend our honor against those who want to discredit us."

 Two weeks ago, 16 people were killed and more than 120 others were injured during the attack in Barcelona, ​​where a van was driven into a crowd and a thwarted attack in the village of Cambrils.

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