Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Van Ploughs into Crowd in Barcelona, Injuries Reported

Van Ploughs into Crowd in Barcelona, Injuries Reported

According to the Catalonia's regional president, Carles Puigdemont, two men were arrested after the van attack. Isis have claimed responsibility for the attack, which Catalan police have confirmed they are treating as terrorism.

Police in Barcelona are working to lock down a highly-trafficked area of the city where a van drove into a crowd, killing 1 and injuring at least 32.

According to early reports, a white van sped from the Placa Catalunya down the Las Ramblas thoroughfare which has pedestrian areas on each side of the street and in the middle.

"There are lots of ambulances and armed police with assault rifles around now". The fatality count could further increase as several injured victims were rushed to nearby hospitals in critical condition.

Police are also asking people to let their families know if they are "okay" if they are in the designated "red zone".

Witnesses tell Spanish state broadcaster RTVE that the van mounted the central pedestrian part of the boulevard and barreled into the crowd.

The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.

"Premier Paolo Gentiloni tweeted that "#Barcelona splendid and friend is under attack, Italy close to local and Spanish authorities.

There were separate reports that a suspect had been arrested, but it was not clear whether this referred to the same person.

"There is not a single time of the year when you will find more people walking down Las Ramblas then you would have seen today".

An eyewitness, lawyer Aamer Anwar, who's at a conference in the city, told Sky News said: "All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming".

Thirteen people were killed and at least 50 others were injured following a terrorist attack in the city of Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn said. The police were very quickly on the scene and getting people to move back.

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