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Barcelona attack: 13 confirmed dead after van hits crowd (Photos)

At least thirteen people are confirmed dead and dozens more injured after a van ploughed into a crowd of people at Las Ramblas, a popular shopping street in the centre of Barcelona and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, in a suspected terror attack.

Local media reports have said two armed men have fled on foot to a nearby restaurant where a hostage situation is currently developing. Other reports have said just one attacker has taken refuge in the bar.

Police officers have evacuated nearby streets, which are part of the popular Las Ramblas area, and confirmed there have been multiple fatalities.

Police have confirmed the incident is a terror attack, but in an official statement said that they ‘cannot confirm the motive’.

Pictures from the scene showed police helping people injured in what has been described as a ‘massive crash’.

 

People are now taking shelter in local shops and cafes, according to local reports.

Video of the scene shows police officers evacuated the area.

 

 

Reports say that a Spanish passport of a man with a Moroccan name was found inside the van.

The area has now been cordoned off and local metro stations are closed.

 

One eyewitness said: “We have seen people lying on the ground, the police told us to leave quickly.”

Another witness Aamer Anwar said: “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.

“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.”

 

Photos posted online show emergency services helping victims.

 

 

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. plumpyj

    August 17, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Everday with different acts of terror.May God help us.May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

  2. Onyiish

    August 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Na wa for all these bad news everywhere. God help us. RIP to the departed souls

  3. Chickkayo

    August 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    God save the World.

  4. Akintayo Rukiyat Oyenike

    August 18, 2017 at 2:53 am

    May the souls of the departed ones rest in peace and the injured ones be heal asap. Am sure they’ll soon get to the bottom of the incident to know the perpetrators because Las Ramblas is known to be a peaceful area

  5. Habeebllah Ibn Yusuf

    August 18, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Rip 2dem…dose terrorist will nvr make heaven,even hell is 2small 4deir atrocities…

  6. St Azha

    August 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

    RIP to them

  7. Egbu Peace

    August 18, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Rip

  8. Felicity Ozioma

    August 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Death every where. So sad

  9. Ola Bayo

    August 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Rip to those that lost their lives ,May God console their families

  10. Alexandre Veronica

    August 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Death again

  11. Valentine Nwankwo

    August 18, 2017 at 7:30 am

    RIP to the dead.

  12. Tz Ben Don

    August 18, 2017 at 8:11 am

    My sympathies

  13. Chioma Aneke

    August 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Rest in peace to the dead

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