Terrorist attack in Barcelona: At least 14 confirmed dead.
Written by Plexus Radio on 17 August, 2017
Terrorist attack in Barcelona: At least 14 confirmed dead after van drives into crowd.
• Local reports say Las Ramblas attack driver made off on foot after mowing down dozens of tourists.
• Shortly afterwards shop workers reported a hostage situation in the Luna de Istanbul restaurant, near the La Boqueria Market – police later deny hostages taken.
• Armed police have stormed Barcelona city centre as second van is searched 40 miles away.
• Two policemen hit by driver outside of the city.
• Police confirm 13 dead and 50 injured, 15 have sustained serious injuries.
• Two people have been arrested and one is being hunted – local media reports one shot dead.
• ISIS claims responsibility for the attack.
• Bomb squad search around city.
People were hit by the van on the popular tourist strip in the Catalan capital on Thursday afternoon.
Horror images have emerged of people laying bloodied in the street, as 13 people are confirmed dead.
Urgent messages have been released by police as they hunt a man in connection with the terror attack.
Officers said they are looking for a man of 5ft 5ins (1.7m) in height, wearing a white shirt with blue stripes.
Local media reports claim that according to his profile in social networks, the young man is called Driss Oukabir and he lives in the town of Ripoll, in Gerona.
At least one person was reported to have been shot dead on the outskirts of the city, while images show two others have been arrested.
It is not clear if Mr Oukabir is one of these men.
Meanwhile, police said a driver hit two officers as they held a road block outside of Barcelona.
Local media initially reported a Turkish restaurant on Carrer Tallers, near to the Boqueria food market, was at the centre of a hostage situation.
Witnesses said people were held in Luna Istanbul Restaurant, but police have denied any civilians are caught up in the drama.
Armed police remain in the city centre as they hunt for the driver – or drivers.
A police Twitter statement said: “If you are if you are in the area of Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona stay where you are until the police says that you can get (out).”
El Periodico newspaper reported gunfire in the area of La Boqueria Market, although it did not cite the source of the information.
In the earlier incident, the van entered the Rambla near the Plaza de Catalunya and drove down the central pedestrianised area, zigzagging at high speed along in an apparent attempt to cause the most damage.
Disturbing videos have emerged of tourists covered in blood, laying helpless in the street, in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
It crashed into a kiosk on the boulevard before the attacker fled on foot.
The van is said to be a rented white rented Fiat, registration 7082 JWD.
The public transport system in the city has been shut down.
Eye witnesses said they saw the driver flee with “something in his hand”.
Yet many were frozen to the spot as the extent of the carnage dawned.