Dead, 32 Injured In Barcelona Van Terror Attack

18 August, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • A still image from video shows a police officer gesturing while walking across a road after a van crashed into people in the centre of Barcelona

Police in Spain have confirmed they are investigating the incident as a terror attack.

The man, writing on Twitter, said people are being treated by medical personnel at the scene.

La Vanguardia newspaper said one of the suspected perpetrators had been killed in a shootout with police on the outskirts of Barcelona, but this was unconfirmed.

The seaside city was on lockdown in the immediate wake of the attack, with residents told to not leave their homes and many reported to be sheltering inside stores and restaurants and bars that closed the moment news of the attack reached them.

She later learned a van had charged through the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring up to 100 in one of Barcelona's pedestrian malls.

The Mossos d'Esquadra force did not indicate if the incident was related to the van attack in the city's Las Ramblas district.

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Images posted on social media showed people strewn across the ground, some badly injured, in the van's wake.

The boulevard runs from the city's Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square) to the Christopher Columbus monument at the seafront.

There's still a lot of confusion about how many people were hurt or injured in the attack. It was awful. There was panic.

He said he had taken refuge with dozens of other people in a nearby church. Esparcia said he was taking cover inside a Starbucks.

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for Barcelona.

"They seemed to sweep through the market area".

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Global leaders have condemned the attack, with Prime Minister Theresa May saying, "The UK stands with Spain against terror", and President Trump tweeting that the USA condemns the attack "and will do whatever is necessary to help".

Los Angeles singer Jack Davey was in Barcelona with her 5-year-old son, parents and brother Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a member of the Arizona Wildcats basketball team, which is playing a exhibition game Friday.

Driss Oukabir, 28, was named by police as having rented the van used in the attack. On Jan. 8, an Arab citizen of Israel truck ran into soldiers in south east Jerusalem, killing one male and three female soldiers.

Police are still trying to identify how many attackers were involved.

Police say the officers run over suffered only minor injuries and didn't need to be hospitalised. The attack was apparently in retaliation for the West's military presence in Muslim countries. Terrorists in London drove vehicles into pedestrians on bridges in two incidents this year, leaving many dead. Eight people were killed, 48 were injured. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Many in the football world have extended their condolences to those killed in the Catalan city after a van ploughed through crowds on La Rambla on Thursday.

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On Aug. 9 in in Levallois-Perret, a suburb of Paris, a vehicle rammed a group of soldiers injuring six. Some are bending over people who seem to have been hit by the van, while emergency personnel work to help others.

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