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A vehicle struck a crowd of people on one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist streets, killing and injuring dozens of people on Thursday, August 17.

Catalan police said a van had plowed into the crowd on the Ramblas.

According to La Vanguardia newspaper, a white van ran over a group of people on the Rambla de Canaletes at the junction with Plaça Catalunya, and drove along the promenade before crashing. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said two people have been arrested in connection with the attack, and a third may be at large.

According to Interior Minister Joaquim Forn, 13 people have died. The number of people injured in hospital is reported to be at least 80 and may be more than 90. Many of them are seriously wounded.

According to El Periodico newspaper, at least one occupant of the vehicle fled the scene on foot towards the La Boqueria market.

One of the people arrested has been identified by the police union as 28-year old Driss Oukabir, a legal resident of Spain and citizen of Morocco.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency. The terror group said: “The perpetrators of the attack in Barcelona are Islamic State soldiers and carried out the operation in response to appeals targeting Coalition countries.”

Two police officers in Barcelona were also reported injured when they were struck by a white van. It is not yet known if the incident was related to the attack.

[Developing story.]

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According to La Vanguardia, a van ran over a group of people on the Rambla de Canaletes at the junction with Plaça Catalunya, and drove along the promenade before crashing.

http://www.lavanguardia.com/sucesos/20170817/43611025471/atentado-barcelona-rambla.html

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La Vanguardia reports that police have asked shops, restaurants and hotels to close their shutters, locking some people inside.
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According to El Periodico, there are around 20 people injured. The driver fled the scene on foot.

http://www.elperiodico.com/es/barcelona/20170817/una-furgoneta-arrolla-a-varias-personas-en-la-rambla-de-barcelona-6228813

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AFP cite Barcelona police as saying the incident is a terrorist attack

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El Periodico reprts the incident is a terrorist attack and that there has been a shootout in La Boqueria market.
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El Periodico reports that the alleged perpetrators are inside a restaurant, and that they have at least one long weapon.
Citing police sources, the newspaper says 20-25 people have been injured and that some may have died.
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The claim that the incident was a terrorist attack come from police at the scene, according to AFP:

“Police in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, told crowds fleeing the scene by megaphone that they were dealing with a ‘terrorist attack’.”

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Police searching La Boqueria market:

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Police confirm that people have died.

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Both La Vanguardia and El Periodico are reporting that there may be a second van, potentially a getaway vehicle.

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El País reports police sources saying that two people have died.

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2017/08/17/catalunya/1502982885_564462.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CM

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Barcelona’s mayor activates Emergency Plan

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La Vanguardia reports six people are being treated at Hospital Clínic, two of them are critical. Six others are at the Hospital del Mar.
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Both El Periodico and La Vanguardia are reporting that police are negotiating with the alleged perpetrators, who have taken hostages at the Turkish restaurant La Luna de Estambul, near La Boqueria market.

Grasswire cannot confirm this.

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Barcelona police: “A terrorist attack is confirmed. The terrorist attack protocol has been activated”

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Bacelona police: At this time it is confirmed that one person is dead and 32 are injured, of which 10 are serious

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El País reports the van used in the attack was rented by Driss Oukabir, in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, citing the Guardia Civil.
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El Periodico reports that police have located the second van in Vic, on the road to Manlleu (Osona).

Vic is approximately 69km from Barcelona.

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El Periodico reports that police have located the second van in Vic, on the road to Manlleu (Osona), and confirms that it was rented in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda (in Vallès Occidental) by Driss El Ouakbir.

Vic is approximately 69km from Barcelona.

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Live Periscope stream from the scene

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According to the press conference, all city-organized activities in Barcelona have been suspended for the day.

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Those with information on the Barcelona attack can share it with police at +34932142124

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Live Periscope stream from the scene

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Catalan police say no one is holed up in a bar in Barecelona and a man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

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Catalan interior minister says 13 people are dead, more than 50 injured

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Catalan President Carles Puigdemont says two people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

80 people admitted to hospital, 15 of them in very serious condition.

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency, saying the attackers carried out the operation in response to calls to target Coalition countries.

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The Department of Interior of the Generalitat (Catalonia’s government) said that one person is dead and two people were arrested in relation to the organization of the Barcelona attack, El País reports.
The Interior Minister Joaguim Forn said said that the number of injured has risen to more than 100 after counting those who made their own way to the hospital, La Vanguardia reported.
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The barcelona terrorist attack is related to the explosion last night in Alcanar

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Chief of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Josep Lluís Trapero:

At 16.50 a van entered the central lane of the Rambla walkway. It ran over a hundred people for about 500 meters. 13 people have died. The vehicle was moving at speed.

It stopped in front of the Liceu Theater. The attacker has left the area and witnesses alerted the police and emergency services, giving a description of the driver. There is no evidence that the person was armed.

This is a “terrorist attack with the will to kill as many people as possible”

An explosion in Alcanar last night, which has demolished a building, which is related to the attack in Barcelona.

The Mossos have arrested two people but neither is the driver of the vehicle.

One detainee was born in Melilla and the other is Moroccan. One was arrested in Alcanar and the other in Ripoll.

The arrest in Ripoll occurred about two hours ago and is directly related to the attack with the van.

A vehicle that has hit a Mossos agent, who has suffered a femur fracture, was driven by a man of Spanish nationality who was killed. He was not known to police and is not related to the attack.

The explosion in Alcanar killed one person and wounded seven others.

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“We have shot dead the suspect”

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Police have taken control of Cambrils situation but operation continues

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Police say that four perpetrators have been killed in Cambrils, with one additional suspect wounded

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Catalan emergency services say that six civilians and one police officer were injured in Cambrils. Police also believe that the attackers in Cambrils are related to the attacks in Barcelona and Alcanar.

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A third person was arrested earlier in Ripoll

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In the early hours of Friday morning, seven people were injured – two seriously – when they were hit by a car in Cambrils, around 120km south of Barcelona.

Images from the scene show an overturned Audi A3.

Police shot and killed five people who were in the car, some of whom were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts.

Later, Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn said the belts were fake.

Javier Zaragoza, of the Audiencia Nacional, the Spanish court that deals with terrorism, said that none of the five were known to have links to jihadism.

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In the early hours of Friday morning, seven people were injured – two seriously – when they were hit by a car in Cambrils, around 120km south of Barcelona.

Images from the scene show an overturned Audi A3.

Police shot and killed five people who were in the car, some of whom were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts.

Later, Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn said the belts contained fake explosives.

Javier Zaragoza, of the Audiencia Nacional, the Spanish court that deals with terrorism, said that none of the five were known to have links to jihadism.

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A moment of silence was observed for the victims

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Valencia will install physical barriers in pedestrian areas in wake of Barcelona attack

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