Terrorists Attack Barcelona, Many Feared Dead, Others Injured
Terrorists Attack Barcelona, Many Feared Dead, Others Injured- A driver deliberately ploughed a van into pedestrians on one of Spain’s busiest streets on Thursday, wounding a number of people in what police said was a “terrorist attack”.
“Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries,” a statement from Catalan police said.
The area around the incident was cordoned off, with several ambulances and police vehicles on the scene, an international correspondent said.
Police in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, told crowds fleeing the scene by megaphone that they were dealing with a “terrorist attack”.
The famous Las Ramblas boulevard is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night.
Spain has so far been spared the kind of extremist violence that has occurred in nearby France, Belgium and Germany.
Another source – TV3 says it now has “official” confirmation that 13 people are dead. It also says there are dozens of injured.
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 one 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 it would have covered more than 500 metres.
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