Spanish PM: Barcelona attack was 'jihadist terror'

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says van attack in Barcelona requires a global response.

Ben Ariel ,

Mariano Rajoy
Mariano Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday night said the van attack in Barcelona was "jihadist terrorism" which required a global response.

"Today the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global," Rajoy told a news conference in Barcelona, according to Reuters.

He said he would call on other Spanish political parties to reaffirm the country's anti-terrorism pact, the report said.

At least 13 people were killed and 100 injured in Thursday’s attack at the busy Las Ramblas avenue. Authorities believe the death toll could rise.

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the attack, but have not yet caught the driver of the vehicle, who is believed to have fled on foot.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack, through its Amaq news agency.