Barcelona Terror Attack

August 17, 2017

Summary of the latest:

A terror attack took place in Barcelona when a van plowed into a crowd in Las Ramblas, killing at least 13 and injuring over 20

A hostage situation is taking place underway in nearby restaurant, where two armed individuals have taken hostages.

This would be the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain since 2004 bombing, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.

Update 5: Attack witness Lourdes Porcar has told Spain’s TV3 television station that she saw the van running people over. “It was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way.”

Additionally, Police have set up roadblocks around the city amid reports that a second van was involved in the attack and fled the scene.

As reported earlier, there are also reports that at least on attacker is holed up in a Turkish restaurant on Carrer Hospital, which leads off from the spot in which the van appears to have come to a halt. Television pictures show that a van came to a halt on top of a Joan Miro mosaic, half-way down Las Ramblas – meaning that it would have covered more than 500 metres, mowing dow anyone in its path.

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Update 4: According to a leading terrorism analyst, there is “growing confidence” the Islamic State may be behind the Barcelona attack as message to Spain popping up on key IS-linked Telegram channels.

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