Barcelona terror attack: 'Two dead' and least 20 people injured as van ploughs into crowds in Las Ramblas

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Two people are feared dead and at least 20 people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in a suspected terror attack in Barcelona.

A white van mounted the pavement in Las Ramblas – the city’s busiest shopping street – injuring at least 20 people in the “massive crash”, police said on Twitter

Unconfirmed reports from Catalan media suggested two people had been killed in the incident which police are treating as a terror attack.

The driver of the van is believed to have fled on foot, Reuters reported.

At least 20 people are believed to have been injured in the crash

Victims were left lying on the ground as police cordoned off the area and advised shops to close, local newspaper The El Pais reported. 

Following the crash local newspapers reported that two armed men had stormed a restaurant in the city and barricaded themselves inside.

Paramedics treat victims in Barcelona (AFP/Getty Images)

Emergency services urged people to avoid Placa Catalunya while the city’s train and Metro stations were shut down.

Dramatic images posted on social media showed armed police swarm the area popular with holidaymakers on Thursday afternoon.

Footage showed witnesses rush to the aid of people left injured on the pavement.

Armed police at the site of the attack in Barcelona (AP)

Aamer Anwar was walking down the street, which he said was “jam-packed with tourists” at the time of the attack.

He told Sky News: “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.

“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.”

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

Another onlooker described how he found shelter in a nearby shop as the horror unfolded.

Brendon Sissing wrote on Twitter: “We’re at Las Ramblas. I can confirm a van has hit people. A lot of people. It’s awful. We’ve found shelter in a shop nearby.”

Paramedics treat victims injured when a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona (EPA)

And he told LBC: “It must have been doing 80km, 100km per hour. I just heard people screaming. I looked to my left and saw people being knocked down by this van.

He added: “It knocked into a whole bunch of people… and just kept going.”

This story is being updated.


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