At Least 13 Killed After Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd; Driver Arrested, One Attacker Dead

(ZHE) — Summary of the latest:

  • A terror attack took place in Barcelona when a van plowed into a crowd in Las Ramblas, killing at least 12 and injuring over 50
  • The driver was arrested after escaping on foot, and a second suspect has also been arrested.
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
  • The Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack, TV3 reports.
  • Spanish police say there is no one at large in any bar in central Barcelona.
  • Local media reports that one attacker has died.
  • This would be the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain since 2004 bombing, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.

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A white, rented van plowed into a busy street in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and 50 injured. Witnesses say the van zigzagged down one of Barcelona’s busiest tourist avenues, Las Ramblas, mowing down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground.  The incident took place at the height of the tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year.

Social network footage showed numerous bodies strewn along the Ramblas, some motionless. Paramedics and bystanders bent over them, treating them.

Police said they had arrested a man linked to the attack in the heart of the city, but did not identify him or describe his role. Earlier police were searching for the van’s driver who, according to local media, fled the scene on foot. Another suspect was killed in a shootout with the police.

A second man has also been arrested.

Earlier Spanish media had reported that two armed men were holed up in a bar in downtown Barcelona, and reported gunfire in the area, However, police later dismissed those reports.

The Islamic State’s Amaq news agency claims that the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” in response to calls to target citizens of countries “belonging to the coalition.”

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Update 11: According to a statement from the Amaq news agency, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack. According to Amaq, the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the Islamic State” in response to calls to target citizens of countries “belonging to the coalition.”

Additionally, Catalonia’s regional president said there have been two arrests after the Barcelona van attack, which killed 13 and hospitalised 80.  Separately local reports said a suspect had been shot dead by police.

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Update 10: Local media reports that one of the suspected attackers involved in mowing down people in Barcelona has been killed in a shootout with police on the outskirts of the city, La Vanguardia newspaper reported. Police earlier confirmed they had arrested a man in connection with the attack. It was not immediately clear how many attackers were involved in the incident

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Update 9: Local media reports that one of the attackers has died. It is unclear if this is the same assailant who previously was reported to have been arrested.

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Update 8: The Catalan Police says that in response to reports, there is nobody held up in a bar in Barcelona. Meanwhile, Fox reports that someone has opened fire on police in a second possible attack:

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Update 7: The Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack, TV3 reports.  At the same time, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE says that one suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been arrested.

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Update 6: Trump and Melania tweet:

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Update 5: Attack witness Lourdes Porcar has told Spain’s TV3 television station that she saw the van running people over. “It was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way.”  

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

As reported earlier, 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, mowing dow anyone in its path.

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Update 4: According to a leading terrorism analyst, there is “growing confidence” the Islamic State may be behind the Barcelona attack as message to Spain popping up on key IS-linked Telegram channels.

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Update 3: According to El Mundo the number of dead increased to 13. Additionally, as the Telegraph adds, Police stationed at the cordon a block away from Plaza Catalunya, on Passeig de Gracia, say they have no information what is happening inside. Confused tourists, shoppers and business owners gathered at its edges, awaiting some word or direction as to what to do.  

The Catalan police say they are treating the crash as a suspected terrorist attack but cannot yet confirm the motive.  According to media reports, the attack vehicle was a rented van.  That would suggest, if this is confirmed as a terrorist attack, that terrorists are imitating the perpetrators of the London Bridge attack, where a rented van was also used.

Sky News reports that police are now looking for a second van that may have been involved in the attack.

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Update 2: According to local radio, cited by Reuters, the number of dead increased to 13.

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Update 1: According to Reuters, two armed men have entered a restaurant after the van crash and have taken hostages, while El Periodico tweets that there is an active shootout taking place the area in what the Barclona police now say is considered a “terrorist attack.”

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Reuters also adds that at least two have been killed in the van crash while El Mundo adds that more than 20 people have been injured. Pictures from the scene of the crash show emergency services and civilians attending to at least two people on the ground.

One twitter video post shows bodies strewn across the pavement for at least 100 metres of the famous street.

According to El Pais the perpetrator of the van attack is still on the run.

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A “massive crash” has taken place in Barcelona, where a white van has ploughed into a crowd of “dozens of people” in the city’s center, at the main Rambla de Catalunya promenade, Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper reports.

Catalan emergency services said people should not go to the area around Placa Catalunya.

El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people. While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona, which draws at least 11 million visitors a year.

From Reuters:


As Vanguardia adds citing several sources, the driver appears to have run over a dozen people. The local police reported that there are “several injured”, without giving further details. Local emergency services say that police forces have evacuated the area, while several ambulances are attending to the injured.

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By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo

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