Barcelona’s chief rabbi said it did not appear Jews were specifically targeted in the van-ramming terror attack that killed at least 13 people.
The attack took place on the famed Rambla avenue near the entrance to Maccabi, a kosher restaurant, CNN reported. But most of the carnage occurred outside the FNAC department store on the same street.
Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen said security forces instructed him to temporarily close Jewish institutions in the city.
Reports stated that local police have arrested one man in connection with the attack. Some reports speculated that the man is Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan citizen who the Spanish-language paper El Pais identified as the person who rented the van.
Avi Mayer, a spokesman for the Jewish Agency for Israel, posted an item from what appears to be Oukabir’s Facebook page showing an anti-Semitic video. Oukabir’s Facebook page has since been taken down.