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Van attack kills two in Barcelona, gunmen trapped in restaurant by the police


[8/17/2017 11:46:31 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A van has crashed into dozens of people in Barcelona's city centre, local police said on Wednesday.

Two people are reported dead in the terrorist act in Barcelona where a van ploughed into pedestrians and two armed men entered a restaurant and chased by the police.

There were several injured in a “massive crash”, police said on Twitter. Catalan emergency services said people should not go to the area around Placa Catalunya.

The driver of the van fled vehicle on foot -el pais newspaper, citing police.

A number of people were injured when a van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians on Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas on Thursday, police said.

“Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries,” a statement said.

The area around the incident was cordoned off, with several ambulances and police vehicles on the scene, an AFP correspondent said.

The famous Las Ramblas Boulevard is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night.

It was not immediately clear if the van had been deliberately driven into people, but vehicles have been used as weapons in several terror attacks in Europe in recent years.

Two armed men have entered a restaurant in Barcelona after van crash.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he was in contact with authorities. Rajoy said on Twitter the priority was to attend to the injured.

Barcelona police said Las Ramblas van incident is a terrorist attack.

*Agencies

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