UPDATE: Multiple People DEAD, ‘Many Injured’ in Barcelona TERROR ATTACK (GRAPHIC FOOTAGE OF VICTIMS)
Moments ago, Barcelona police confirmed an incident involving a white van mowing down pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain was a terror attack. 13 people are confirmed dead, many are injured.
#BREAKING Barcelona police say Las Ramblas van incident 'terrorist attack'
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 17, 2017
GRAPHIC: video captures close up of injured pedestrians after white van mows down Barcelona crowd. pic.twitter.com/5QLIxhgDt1
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 17, 2017
Sun UK reports:
A TERROR van has ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona leaving 13 dead and several injured, according to local reports.
Eyewitness footage and photos from the scene show a huge emergency response after the smash on the iconic Las Ramblas tourist hotspot.
— José Luis (@joseluis_md) August 17, 2017
Vídeos de las ramblas pic.twitter.com/dIrhXWAXQl
— Pablo #República (@Pablo_Morante_) August 17, 2017
Local outlet El Pais claims that police sources have said that the driver ran away from the van on foot after the smash.
An operation is now reportedly underway to apprehend the person who was at the wheel.
Other unverified reports from local TV channel TV3 say two armed men are holding hostages in a nearby Turkish restaurant.Cops have ordered shops and cafes in the area to shut in the wake of the crash.The van entered the pedestrian area at the junction of Las Ramblas and Placa Catalunya.Reports say the van ploughed into people outside a Kosher food shop, although this is yet to be confirmed.Marc Esparcia, a 20-year-old student who lives in Barcelona, told the BBC: “There was a loud noise and everybody ran for cover. There were a lot people, lots of families [at the site], this is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona.