Van Plows Into Crowd Of Pedestrians In Barcelona, Spain

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The terrorist attack involved a white van that plowed into a packed summer crowd Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, killing at least one person and injuring 32.

At least thirteen people have been killed and dozens injured, according to Reuters. Police said have been fatalities and several people were injured.

The van sped down a pedestrianised area hitting people while others jumped into nearby retailers for protection.

President Donald Trump is condemning what Spanish authorities say is a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Spanish media had earlier reported that a second van had been rented as a getaway auto by attackers. The police arrived at the scene nearly immediately to close off the area. The terrorists have reportedly crushed many pedestrians and then entered a restaurant where they are reportedly holding hostages.

"People in my office saw a van ramming into people on Las Ramblas", witness Steven Turner told BBC.com.

The Catalan ambulance service said on Twitter the situation is ongoing. Police are also asking people in the area of the plaza to stay in place until they are given the OK to leave.

Media reports said the van had zigzagged at speed down the famous Las Ramblas avenue, a magnet for tourists.

The news outlet reported that Oukabir, now in custody, had rented the truck used to carry out the attack.

"It wasn't slowing down at all".

A pedestrian who was in the area at the time told Sky News that he heard a loud crash and people began shouting "run". "As President of Ireland I want to send the people of this great and welcoming city not only our sympathy but also the solidarity of the people of Ireland".

Police have cordoned off the scene of the attack, and the AP says officers - some in riot gear - were seen running down the streets and through a market, checking in stores and cafes.

He posted a second video seven minutes later showing a large crowd of onlookers being directed away from the scene by officials, saying: "Total panic - we are all getting pushed back".

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