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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.

A white van suspected of ploughing into pedestrians in Barcelona this afternoon

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A white van suspected of ploughing into pedestrians in Barcelona this afternoon

Armed cops were seen storming La Boqueria open air market

Armed police at La Boqueria market in Barcelona after two suspects entered restaurant following white van attack

The scene of the crash on Las Ramblas in Barcelona

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The scene of the crash on Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Police shut down the area amid the ongoing hostage situation

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Police shut down the area amid the ongoing hostage situation

Aerial photos show injured lying on the road in Las Ramblas

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Aerial photos show injured lying on the road in Las Ramblas

Witnesses tend to the injured on the busy tourist street

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Witnesses tend to the injured on the busy tourist street

Graphic scenes as the injured receive basic treatment from stunned witnesses

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Graphic scenes as the injured receive basic treatment from stunned witnesses

First aiders frantically try to help the wounded

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First aiders frantically try to help the wounded

Police responding the Barcelona carnage today

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Police responding the Barcelona carnage today

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

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Harrowing photos show badly injured pedestrians lying on the street after being mowed down in a van terror attack

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Harrowing photos show badly injured pedestrians lying on the street after being mowed down in a van terror attack

Video shot from above ‘shows white van which mounted pavement before hitting people’ in Barcelona

First responders rush to help the injured in the Barcelona terror attack

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First responders rush to help the injured in the Barcelona terror attack

Pedestrians are filmed running down the street

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Pedestrians are filmed running down the street

Police cordoned off the popular tourist area in Barcelona

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Police cordoned off the popular tourist area in Barcelona

Armed police make their way through La Boqueria market after Las Ramblas terror attack in Barcelona

Armed police cordoned off the area as they hunted the van driver

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Armed police cordoned off the area as they hunted the van driver

Dozens of people are injured and at least two people are dead

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Dozens of people are injured and at least two people are dead

Ambulances and armed cops have flooded the scene in central Barcelona

Seriously injured people tended to on Las Ramblas following Barcelona

Armed cops draw their weapons as they rush to Las Ramblas

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Armed cops draw their weapons as they rush to Las Ramblas

An injured person is tended to on the street

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