Barcelona terror attack: 'Suspect shot dead by police' and another arrested after 13 people killed in Las Ramblas van attack

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A suspect has been shot dead by police and another arrested after a van ploughed into pedestrians leaving 13 people dead and at least 50 injured during a terror attack in Barcelona, Catalan police said.

The van, believed to have been rented by French resident Driss Oukabir, mowed into crowds on Las Ramblas just after 5pm local time on Thursday.

Police confirmed that 13 people were dead and 50 had been injured, 10 seriously.

One man was shot dead during a shoot-out with police on the outskirts of the city, La Vanguardia newspaper reported.

Police confirmed one man had been arrested in relation to the incident.

A spokesman also dismissed reports that two armed men were holed up in a bar in the city and were keeping hostages.

Driss Oukabir is believed to have rented the van used in the attack (Facebook)

It was not immediately clear how many attackers were involved in the rampage.

Terrified witnesses reported hearing gunfire in the La Boqueria market area of the city while a second van linked to an attack had been found in the small town of Vic in Catalonia, local authorities there said on Twitter.

Police officers help an injured victim (AP)

A taxi driver who witnessed the attack, Oscar Cano, told TV3 the van jumped onto the central pedestrian area at a high speed and swerved from side to side. 

Officers treat an injured victim in Barcelona

In photographs and videos, at least five people could be seen lying on the ground in the street being helped by police and others. Other video recorded people screaming as they fled the van. 

Onlookers flee the scene of the crash in Barcelona (EPA)

Keith Fleming, an American who lives in Barcelona, was watching TV in his building just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to his balcony. 

“I saw women and children just running and they looked terrified,” he said.  

He added that regular police had their guns drawn and riot police were at the end of his block, which was soon deserted. 

“It’s just kind of a tense situation,” he said. “Clearly, people were scared.” 

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