US offers condolences amid deadly Barcelona terror attack

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Josep Lago(WASHINGTON) — As an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday killed at least one person and left at least 32 injured, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered condolences for the “loss of life and injuries” of “so many innocent people, yet again.”

In the incident local police called a “terror attack,” a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district, a busy tourist area. An eyewitness told a Spanish television station that the suspect ran over people in his van for nearly 1,000 feet before fleeing into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

Police sources told ABC News there is also an ongoing hostage situation at a nearby restaurant.

Tillerson said this incident has “the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack.”

To terrorists around the world, Tillerson said, we are “resolved to find you and bring you to justice.”

Tillerson added that the U.S. stands ready to assist authorities in Barcelona.

First lady Melania Trump also offered her condolences, tweeting, “Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona.”

The athletic department at Clemson University in South Carolina wrote on Twitter that its men’s basketball program is in Barcelona, but the entire travel party is “safe and secure” and is expected to return to Clemson on Friday.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and those injured at this time,” the Clemson athletic department added.

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