Barcelona Las Ramblas attack: Van hits crowd in tourist area, crash on Las Ramblas being treated as terror incident by Spanish police

Ilinca Tanase
By Ilinca Tanase august 17, 2017 20:11

Barcelona Las Ramblas attack: Van hits crowd in tourist area, crash on Las Ramblas being treated as terror incident by Spanish police

Barcelona Las Ramblas attack: Van hits crowd in tourist area, crash on Las Ramblas being treated as terror incident by Spanish police. Spanish radio station Cadena SER Radio is reporting that at least 13 people have died in Barcelona incident, citing police sources. Spanish police have not given an official toll.

UPDATE BARCELONA ATTACK: One person has been killed and 32 injured, Catalan police have just said in a news conference. Of the 32 injured, 10 are seriously injured, it was announced. There has been some confusion, as it typical in these situations, about the numbers of fatalities.

Local broadcast media outlets are reporting that 13 have died, citing police sources. Other media including El Pais are saying there were at least 10 are dead. The above are the official figures.

Crash on Las Ramblas being treated as terror incident by Spanish police, who say people have died. TV3 says it now has “official” confirmation that 13 people are dead. It also says there are dozens of injured.

UPDATE: Eyewitness Lourdes Porcar told TV3 television station that she saw the van running people over. “It was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way,” she said.

Police have set up roadblocks around the city amid reports that a second van was involved in the attack and fled the scene.

There are also reports that at least on attacker is holed up in a Turkish restaurant on Carrer Hospital, which leads off from the spot in which the van appears to have come to a halt.

Television pictures show that a van came to a halt on top of a Joan Miro mosaic, half-way down Las Ramblas – meaning that it would have covered more than 500 metres.

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