At least one dead in Barcelona terror attack after van hit crowd of people
Josep Lago/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) — A hostage situation in Barcelona is unfolding after a van struck and killed multiple pedestrians in a busy tourist area Thursday afternoon.
Local police have now called it a terror attack.
Two police sources told ABC News there are two hostage takers and that the situation is ongoing.
Earlier, a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district. Authorities have not confirmed how many people were killed or injured.
“We cannot say the reasons of this attack,” Catalan police wrote in a post on Twitter.
An eyewitness told a Spanish television station that the suspect was running people over in his van for nearly 1,000 feet before fleeing into a nearby Turkish restaurant.
The witness said the suspect had something in his hand, but he could not tell what it was.
Local police confirm that victims have died after being hit by the vehicle.
Las Ramblas is a popular tourist area in Spain’s second-largest city.
The Barcelona transit system posted a message on its official Twitter account that numerous subway stations are closed, and it urged people near the area to remain in place until further instructions from police.
The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona posted a warning on Twitter, saying it is “aware of a reported incident at Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Please avoid the area.”
We are aware of a reported incident at Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Please avoid the area and monitor local police @mossos for updates.
— USConsulateBarcelona (@USConsulateBCN) August 17, 2017
The emergency services Twitter account for the Catalonia region, of which Barcelona is the capital, posted tweets in multiple languages advising individuals to use social media to inform relatives of their whereabouts.
— 112 (@112) August 17, 2017
President Donald Trump is being updated on the situation in Spain by chief of staff John Kelly, according to a White House official.
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