A van has crashed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, in an incident that is reportedly being treated as a terrorist attack. At least one armed man has been reported inside a restaurant near the busy tourist area in Barcelona. It is not yet known how many were injured, as details are still developing, but there have been sightings of several injured.
“The van entered Las Ramblas where it meets the Plaça de Catalunya, then drove towards the port area,” the Guardian reports. “According to early reports, it sped down the centre of the road, which is usually packed with people, until it hit a newspaper kiosk and stopped. Witnesses spoke of panic and seeing people covered in blood. Several pushchairs could be seen abandoned at the side of the street. TV3 said police sources had confirmed to it that one armed man was holed up in a Turkish restaurant near Las Ramblas and the Boqueria market.”
Those at the scene have been sharing videos on social media.
Estampida ahora mismo en El Corte Inglés de Plaza Catalunya en Barcelona pic.twitter.com/72LLRmJjRk
— Jordi Perez Colome (@jordipc) August 17, 2017
The details are still emerging, but Metro stations near the area have been closed off and police are urging those around Plaça Cataluny to stay indoors.
— EmergènciesCatalunya (@emergenciescat) August 17, 2017
Our thoughts are with those in Barcelona and we urge you to stay safe until the threat has passed.