Van ploughs into crowds on Barcelona's Las Ramblas

Van ploughs into crowds on Barcelona's Las Ramblas

Credit: Josep Lago/AFP Police and medics in a cordoned off area following the incident.

A van has ploughed into crowds in Barcelona, in what could be a possible terrorist attack, injuring several people.

  • Driver targets pedestrians on Las Ramblas in suspected terrorist attack at 5.20pm on Thursday.

  • Police confirm there have been people killed and injured

  • Driver fled on foot and remains at large

18:45 The latest reports suggest that at least three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured, among them three children.

The driver of the van escaped and fled on foot.

18.27 La Vanguardia report that a man, possibly the driver of the van, is holed up in a Turkish restaurant La Luna just off the Ramblas, which is now surrounded by police.

Police warned those in the area to get off the streets and seek safety. 

Eyewitness accounts show that panic spread as the van ploughed into crowds near the Corte Ingles in Plaza Catalunya sending people fleeing.

The incident happened around 5pm.

Barcelona has shut down all metro and train stations in the vicinity and told all shops to close. 

The regional president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont tweeted "Maximum caution and all attention to the victims of the incident from Barcelona this afternoon. All police operatives deployed and coordinated".

Vehicles have been used as weapons in terrorist attacks across various European cities over the past year.

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