17 Aug, 2017 @ 21:08
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Thirteen dead, 100 injured and two arrested after Barcelona van terror attack

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Police officers tell members of the public to leave the scene in a street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district, injuring several people. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

AT LEAST 13 people are reported to have been killed and dozens wounded as a van ploughed into pedestrians in a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Police have confirmed there are at least 100 injured after a vehicle careered at high speed down a packed Las Ramblas, the city’s most famous street.

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Tonight, police confirmed two suspects have now been arrested and released a photo of a 28-year-old man, named as Driss Oukabir, alleged to have rented the van.

However, he reportedly handed himself in denied involvement and told officers his documents were stolen.

Meanwhile, ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Catalan police have also confirmed there are no gunmen holed up in a nearby restaurant as earlier feared.

They also confirmed a hit-and-run driver ploughed into two of their officers in Sant Just Lesvern on the city’s outskirts at around 19.30 this evening.

HORROR: Thirteen reported dead and dozens wounded in Barcelona terror attack

A Mossos police spokesperson tweeted: “There are fatalities and injured as a result of the accident.

“There has been no shooting at El Corte Inglés.

Catalan Minister Joaquim Forn said it was ‘very possible’ the death toll would rise as some of the injuries are ‘very serious’.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is jetting to the Catalan capital to coordinate the government’s response.

One man who lives on the Ramblas told the BBC: “There’s a very heavy police presence and what they’ve been doing is going from establishment to establishment knocking on the doors, knocking on the shutters.

“People have opened the shutters, they’ve been brought out on to the street and once it’s been established that they’re not the people they are looking for, they’ve been escorted away from this particular area.”

Catalan emergency services have ordered the closure of nearby Metro and train stations, according to Reuters.

Earlier, a van careered into dozens of pedestrians along Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street.

Video showed bodies strewn all down the famous walkway.

Tom Gueller, an eyewitness who fled the scene, told the BBC: ” “I heard screams and a bit of a crash and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that.

“I ran away, I mean I live near, I had to run back about 50 metres or so and go up to my flat and obviously see what’s happening on the road from my balcony.”

One witness told Spanish TV chanbel TVE24 ‘there is no doubt it was intentional’.

The driver was seen fleeing on foot, according to El Pais.

Guardia Civil and Catalan government officials are set for crisis talks following the incident.


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