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At least one person died and 32 were injured after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, police say.
The vehicle sped along the pedestrianised area, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover in shops and cafes.
Witnesses said the van had deliberately targeted people before coming to a stop.
Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
Media reports said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot.
It’s no coincidence that this is happening only days after hundreds of illegal African muslims landed on the beaches of Spain to the shock of vacation tourists. Spain has long tolerated such invasions as “refugees.”
amer Anwar said he was walking down Las Ramblas, which was “jam-packed” with tourists.
“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,” he told Sky News.
“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.
“Police officers who got there just started screaming at people to move back, move back.”
Vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of attacks across Europe since July last year.
reports say that a hostage situation involving two armed men is ongoing at a nearby restaurant.
Armed police at La Boqueria market in Barcelona after two suspects entered restaurant following white van attack
Police: White van mounted pavement and struck several people in Las Ramblas district of Barcelona
In chilling echoes of the London Bridge attack, armed police have stormed La Boqueria open-air market amid claims that two terrorists are armed with rifles.
Cops clad in black and carrying machine guns were seen entering the market backed up by regular police armed with pistols.
Footage has emerged of captives being released and walking towards police lines.
And a third man, believed to be the van driver, is being hunted amid reports he too is holed up in the Turkish restaurant.
A huge emergency response rushed to the scene on the iconic Las Ramblas tourist hotspot at around 4pm today.
Metro lines have been shut and shoppers and pedestrians have been seen running into buildings as armed police flooded the area.
Police helicopter hunts for ‘attacker’ after a van crashed into people on La Rambla, Barcelona
Video shot from above ‘shows white van which mounted pavement before hitting people’ in Barcelona
Armed police make their way through La Boqueria market after Las Ramblas terror attack in Barcelona
Seriously injured people tended to on Las Ramblas following Barcelona