UPDATE: Islamic State group takes responsibility for Spain attack

Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd killing 12, injuring dozens

UPDATE: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the van attack in Barcelona that officials say killed 12 people and injured many others.

A statement carried by the extremist group's media arm - the Aamaq news agency - says Thursday's attack was carried out by "soldiers of the Islamic State."

It says the attack was in response to IS calls for its followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive the extremist group from Syria and Iraq.

The statement provided no further details about the attackers.

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ORIGINAL STORY: BARCLEONA, Spain (AP) - A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Authorities said 12 people were killed and 80 were wounded, 15 of them seriously, in what they called a terror attack.

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