[WATCH] Several injured as van crashes into crowd in Barcelona

[WATCH] Several injured as van crashes into crowd in Barcelona

Local media reports claim that two people have been killed and 20 injured in what police are considering a terrorist attack. Two armed men have also entered a restaurant and taken people hostage



One of the first images to emerge of the van attack on Barcelona's Las Ramblas quarter

One of the first images to emerge of the van attack on Barcelona's Las Ramblas quarter






A white van has ploughed into crowds on the Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona, in what police have desribed as a terrorist attack. The attack took place outside a Kosher restaurant and the driver of the van has reportedly fled on foot.   

Local media, citing intercepted police communication, reports that one person has been killed with at least 20 more injured. Online footage shows people lying on the ground along the pavement across a distance of roughly 200 metres, many of whom are reportedly very badly injured. 


A widespread security operation is underway following a terrorist attack in Barcelona

A widespread security operation is underway following a terrorist attack in Barcelona






A person stretchered out of a mall by medical services

A person stretchered out of a mall by medical services






A van has rammed into crowds at Las Ramblas at considerable speed, according to eye witnesses

A van has rammed into crowds at Las Ramblas at considerable speed, according to eye witnesses





It is also being reported that two armed men have entered a restaurant and have taken several people hostage in Raval district, on Calle Tallers towards the end of Las Ramblas.  



Las Ramblas is an iconic tourist hotspot in the Catalonian city which is full of stalls and shops and runs through the heart of Barcelona. The centre of the road is pedestrianised but cars can travel on either side.

Emergency services in the city are urging people to stay away from the area around Placa Catalunya and to remain in their current location until they are told they can leave by police.

Police officers have also ordered shops and restaurants in the area to close in the wake of the crash. 

This is a developing story. More to follow.