News World News

13 Confirmed Dead In Barcelona Terror Attack

13 Confirmed Dead In Barcelona Terror Attack
  • PublishedAugust 18, 2017

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage on Thursday. At least thirteen people have been confirmed dead and dozens more injured after a van ploughed into a crowd of people in the centre of Barcelona in a suspected terror attack.

According to unverified reports. two armed men fled on foot to a nearby restaurant.

Police officers have evacuated nearby streets, which are part of the popular Las Ramblas area, and confirmed there have been multiple fatalities.

Police have confirmed the incident is a terror attack, but in an official statement said that they ‘cannot confirm the motive’. Pictures from the scene showed police helping people injured in what has been described as a ‘massive crash’.

People are now taking shelter in local shops and cafes, according to local reports. Reports say that a Spanish passport of a man with a Moroccan name was found inside the van. The area has now been cordoned off and local metro stations are closed.

One eyewitness said: “We have seen people lying on the ground, the police told us to leave quickly.”

Another witness Aamer Anwar said: “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.

“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.”

Photos posted online show emergency services helping victims.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *