World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi left Baghdad on Monday for Saudi Arabia at the start of a regional tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait.
In a statement, Abadi's office said the premier will be accompanied by a ministerial delegation during his visits, which come upon invitations from the three Gulf countries.
No details were yet available about the agenda of Abadi's talks during the tour, which comes amid a Gulf crisis after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen cut ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Doha, for its part, denies the accusation, saying the move to diplomatically isolate it was "unjustified".
Last week, Abadi said his government opposes the Gulf blockade imposed on Qatar, calling for dialogue to resolve the crisis.
Catalonia police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero added that a driver who mowed down crowds of pedestrians in the first attack in a busy Barcelona street Thursday could be among five suspects later shot dead in a nearby city.
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For his part, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told RTL radio that "the number of those who have been seriously injured may perhaps be even higher at around 17."
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The pickup truck, which had an improvised white wooden trailer constructed over the back, was transporting them in "overcrowded and unsanitary conditions," said a state police report seen by AFP.
At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a driver deliberately slammed his vehicle into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street -- Las Ramblas -- in what police qualified as a "terror attack."
The van attack that mowed down pedestrians on Barcelona's most famous street on Thursday killing at least 13 people was the latest fatal assault on a European city.
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