Terrorists honed in on Spanish music festivals, clubs for potential attacks
New information acquired by the Spanish news agency EFE states the terrorists responsible for running down pedestrians on Las Ramblas, Barcelona on Aug. 17, 2017 looked into carrying out attacks on clubs and festivals in Barcelona and Benicassim. More attacks were carried about in Barcelona, making the event the deadliest attack in Spain since the 2004 Madrid train bombings. 15 people were killed, and 130 people were injured on one of Barcelona’s biggest tourist attractions. EFE added the men responsible used the attack at the Bataclan in Paris in 2015 as inspiration.
Investigators uncovered the attackers searched online for information from the Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Benicassim near Valencia: Europe’s largest Jamaican music reggae festival. Steel Pulse and Shaggy headlined in 2017. This year, the festival takes place from August 16 – 22 and headlines BEN HARPER & The Innocent Criminals,
The Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Pacha in Ibiza, as well as a festival in the beach town Sitges were also included on the terrorist’s target list, according to cell phone records. These records were acquired from a house police said was used as a headquarter for preparing last year’s attacks.
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