The CIA warned Barcelona's police force that a vehicular terrorist attack could occur — specifically at the tourist heavy Las Ramblas area — two months prior to Thursday's attack that took the lives of 14 people and injured many more, a Spanish newspaper reported Thursday night.
According to Fox News, El Periodico said that the CIA warned Barcelona's police force, Mossos d'Esquadra, of a possible attack two months ago. The warning came after similar vehicular homicides had occurred in London, Nice, Berlin, and Stockholm.
“The CIA warned the Mossos two months ago that Barcelona, and in particular, the Ramblas, could be the scene of a terrorist attack like the one that occurred this afternoon,” El Periodico reported.
According to El Periodico, an Islamic State account on Twitter tweeted a warning message July 30. The account stated that the terrorist group was going to take back "Al Andalus." Al Andalus was what Muslims called Islamic-controlled Spain during the medieval era.
"We are going to implement the caliphate in Spain and we will recover our land. Impending attack on Al Andalus. If God wills," the account reportedly tweeted.
An explosion destroyed a house in Alcanar, just south of Barcelona, Wednesday night, according to CNN. Police theorized that the house was the location from which the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks originated.
Authorities suggested that the terrorists were going to use explosives for further attacks, but the premature detonation of the bombs thwarted their plans..
The explosion at the Alcanar house killed one.