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Van rams into crowd on Las Ramblas de Barcelona, Casualties reported

La Rambla de Barcelona

Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: ih / flickr.

At least thirteen people were killed and many others injured after a rented van rammed into the crowd, mostly tourists, on the popular La Rambla avenue in Barcelona, near Plaça Catalunya today Thursday, August 17.

Emergency services and police are on the scene. Authorities reported that 14 people have died and over 100 were injured. The injured have been rushed to “Hospital del Mar” and other hospitals in the city.

Spanish authorities said people from at least 18 countries were among those killed and injured in Barcelona terror attack. The victims include people from Germany, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Cuba, Spain, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Peru, Romania and Venezuela, among others.

The Australian boy Julian Cadman, 7, went missing after the attack in Barcelona. The minor was with his mother walking on La Rambla when a van entered the pedestrian zone trampling those who walked in, and left at least 14 fatalities and a hundred injured. Relatives of the Australian boy ask for help to find him through social networks.

The van entered the pedestrian walkway at the beginning of the Rambla, at the confluence with Plaça Catalunya, and toured the central promenade towards the Font de Canaletes, and began to trample pedestrians in zig-zag to to wreak maximum damage.

The armed attackers left the scene on foot near the Liceo Barcelona Metro station and entrenched inside the Turkish restaurant ‘Rey de Estambul’ (King of Istanbul) holding a number of hostages, lately police denied the news. Police are searching for a 1.70 m tall man wearing a white shirt with blue stripes. Police sources said at least fourteen people are feared dead and more than one hundred have been injured, fifteen of them are in serious condition.

The crash was violent and protracted. About 700 meters in direction toward the sea at one of the much-frequented and popular streets among tourists in Barcelona.

The Generalitat has advised citizens to avoid going out into the street in the area of Plaza Catalunya because of this “serious incident”. In addition, the Mossos d’Esquadra have asked to keep away from the area of Las Ramblas to avoid hampering the work of emergency services.

Spanish authorities are treating the deadly accident as a terror attack. One of the attackers has been identified as Driss Oukabir, a immigrant of Maghrebi origin.

“This is the van used in the multiple run over. The driver has fled on foot. I’ve edited the photo because there was a victim.”

Driss Oukabir Soprano
Driss Oukabir Soprano, perpetrator of the Barcelona van ramming attack that left 13 dead and 32 wounded. Photo: Facebook.

Catalan police Mossos d’Esquadra arrested Driss Oukabir Soprano, one of the alleged terrorists of the Barcelona massacre.

State Security Forces killed a suspect in connection with the deadly car ramming attack, after he hit a female police officer during a control. Another suspect is still on the run.

Around 1:30 am the Mossos d’Esquadra (Autonomous Police of Catalonia) killed five terrorists in Cambrils province of Tarragona as they prepared to carry out a new attack, presumably in Barcelona. They wore explosive belts attached to their bodies, which turned out to be fake, and carried guns.

The death of a 61-year-old woman in the wake of this morning’s attack in Cambrils increased to 14 the number of people killed by the attacks on the Rambla de Barcelona and the city of Cambrils in Tarragona. The woman was in critical condition, with stab wounds.

Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 14 and injured more than 100.