(CN) – Spanish police in the resort town of Cambrils on Friday shot fives attackers wearing fake suicide belts to death after the car they were in ran down six pedestrians and a police officer.
The Friday incident came one day after a similar attack left 14 dead in Barcelona, including at least one American. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
So far, three men have been arrested in connection with the Barcelona attack, but according to local reports, the driver in the deadly van attack escaped on foot and is still at large.
Spanish authorities said the attacks, and an explosion in the same area Wednesday night, are connected.
In the attack in Cambrils, which is 70 miles south of Barcelona, the attackers plowed into pedestrians with a blue Audi 3. The car flipped over during the attack and police quickly opened fire on the vehicle.
Joaquin Forn, interior minister for the Catalonia region, told local radio that police unable to react in a similar fashion during the van attack on Thursday because so many people were crowded into the popular the van driver on Thursday because of the size of the crowd in the popular Las Ramblas district.
In a separate development on Friday Police in Finland said they shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.
Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.
On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.
Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.