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Attack in Barcelona, Spain; 13 reported dead

Attack in Barcelona, Spain; 13 reported dead

Regional police now are evacuating stores and bars in the Las Ramblas district. It's still unclear if he was involved in the attack though.

Police are still searching for the suspects responsible for the attack.

More than two hours after the initial attack, Catalan police said a vehicle ran over two officers at a highway checkpoint near Barcelona.

Update 1:08 p.m.: Barcelona authorities have reported that there has been at least one fatality, with another 32 people injured, ten of whom are in serious condition.

US President Donald Trump condemned Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona and said that the US stood ready to assist Spain, the media reported. He said the incident "has the hallmarks of what appears to be yet another terrorist attack". La Vanguardia newspaper said one of the suspected perpetrators had been killed in a shootout with police on the outskirts of Barcelona. Priority: "tend to the injured in Las Ramblas and facilitate the work of security forces".

Police now say the two armed men are "entrenched" in the restaurant.

ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES
Witnesses of the Barcelona terror attack at the scene of the incident
ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES Witnesses of the Barcelona terror attack at the scene of the incident

Catalan police are still hunting for the driver of the van after he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the senseless terrorist attack in Barcelona".

The area has now been cordoned off and local metro stations are closed. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others.

Another eye witness told Britain's Sky News television, "All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming".

Similar attacks have killed more than 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London, and Stockholm since July 2016.

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