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Candles and bunches of flowers placed by people rest on the ground in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Police on Friday shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Sec. Tillerson said one American died in the Spain terrorist attacks


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday confirmed that at least one American citizen had died following terrorist attacks in Spain the day before.

“I want to acknowledge that we have now received word of the confirmed death of one American citizen in the terrorist attacks in Spain amongst those that have been killed,” he said in Washington, D.C.

“We are still confirming the injuries and deaths of others but obviously we express our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual and obviously the others who have suffered loss of life,” Tillerson added.

“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 did not identify the American killed in Spain, and he did not specify whether they died in the attack in Barcelona or the one in Cambrils.

State Department officials confirmed the death and added a second U.S. citizen suffered minor injuries in one of the two incidents.

Spanish emergency services reportedly announced Friday that those dead or wounded in the attacks the day before hailed from at least 34 nations.

Citizens from Australia, China, France, Germany, Peru and elsewhere were harmed in Thursday’s bloodshed.

One woman died in Cambrils after a car plowed into pedestrians there Thursday, raising the overall casualty count between both incidents to 14 following a similar strike 80 miles away in Barcelona.

A van on late Thursday drove into crowds of people in Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas district, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Fifteen of those injured Thursday are injured, according to Spanish authorities, suggesting the final death may rise.

Spanish police on Thursday shot and killed five suspects in Cambrils wearing bomb belts that ultimately turned out to be fake.

Authorities have detained four other people in relation to the attacks, but it is unclear if the Barcelona van drive is among the arrested or dead.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday called the perpetrators “soldiers of the Islamic State” via its propaganda outlet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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