One American among those killed in Spain terror attack: State Department

One American among those killed in Spain terror attack: State Department
At least one American was killed Thursday in the terror attacks in Spain, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that at least one American died in Thursday’s terror attacks in Spain.

“We have now received word and confirmed the death of one American citizen in the terrorist attacks in Spain,” Tillerson said in a statement.

America’s top diplomat said that U.S. officials are still confirming the other reported injuries and deaths after a van plowed through a crowd of people in a popular tourist area in Barcelona. The attack came just one day after a house explosion in Alcanar, Spain, killed one person, CNN reported.

Hours after the van attack on Thursday, two Spanish police officers were injured after being run over at a security checkpoint just outside the city. Then, early Friday, five individuals drove through a crowd of people in the Cambrils, Spain, about 70 miles southwest of Barcelona. Police engaged in a shootout with the individuals, and all five were shot dead.

At least 14 people died in the attacks in Barcelona. More than a hundred others were injured, according to CNN.

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Spanish officials believe the incidents were connected.

At least four people have been arrested in possible connection to the attacks. The driver of the van fled on foot.

Tillerson, in his remarks on Friday, did not immediately reveal the identity of the American, or where the individual lived.

KNTV-TV in San Francisco reported Friday that the American who died was 42-year-old Jared Tucker of Walnut Creek, California.

Tucker was reportedly visiting Spain with his wife, Heidi Nunes, for the couple’s one-year wedding anniversary.

“[O]bviously we express our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual, and obviously others who have suffered loss of life, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to their families, as they’re going to be dealing with a very, very tough few days ahead of them,” Tillerson said.

A spokesman for the State Department did not immediately respond to TheBlaze on Friday when asked about the identity of the American who died.

CNN reported Friday that people from at least 34 different countries were among those injured.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the Barcelona attack “jihadi terrorism.”

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday, calling what happened a “terror attack.”

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with information on the American victim’s identity.

(H/T: The Hill)

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