After Barcelona Attack, Authorities Urge Residents 'If You See Something, Say Something' - NBC Chicago

After Barcelona Attack, Authorities Urge Residents 'If You See Something, Say Something'

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    After Barcelona Attack, Authorities Urge Residents 'If You See Something, Say Something'
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    Emergency workers stand on a blocked street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. 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. Police said 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in what they called a terror attack. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday, the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urged residents to report suspicious packages and activity to authorities. 

    The department emphasized its "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, urging residents to report any non-emergency suspicious activity to 855-RPRT-2-S4. 

    “Our residents are our boots on the ground in the fight against terrorism,” said Mark Edingburg, interim executive director of DHSEM. “Always be aware of your surroundings and do not hesitate to report anything suspicious.”

    At least 14 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured after a white van jumped a sidewalk in Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas district. The area is one of the city's top tourist destinations.

    Later, police shot and killed five terror suspects in Cambrils, Spain, in a separate incident after the group allegedly plowed into a group of tourists and locals with their blue Audi 3. Six people, including a police officer, were injured, though it wasn't clear how badly.

    Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week elsewhere in Catalonia — were connected and the work of a large terrorist group.

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