At Least 14 Dead, 80 Injured In Barcelona Terror Attack

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What we know so far

The attack: A van plowed into a crowd of people in Barcelona near Las Ramblas, an area popular with tourists.

The victims: At least 14 people were killed, and at least 80 more were injured.

The arrests: Catalan police say the have arrested a fourth person in connection withe the attacks.

And ISIS: The terror group claims attackers as “soldiers of the Islamic state” — but it has not explicitly claim responsibility for attack.

The Latest

Catalan police say they have arrested a fourth person in connection with the attacks in Barcelona and the resort of Cambrils that have killed at least 14 people.

Police made the announcement on Twitter without providing further details.

Thursday’s van attack in Barcelona killed at least 13 people, and one woman was killed early Friday in Cambrils when a car plowed into pedestrians there. Police fatally shot five suspects in Cambrils. It wasn’t immediately clear if the Barcelona van driver is among the arrested or dead suspects.

Driver hits two police officers

Two police officers have been run over at a security point in Barcelona, according to Catalan police.

The two suffered minor injuries.

Officers say they have found the driver of the car involved in the incident in Sant Just Desvern, on the western outskirts of Barcelona.

A bomb disposal expert is checking the suspect vehicle.

It is unclear whether this incident is related to the terror attack in Barcelona earlier.

Original Report

(CNN) — A van rammed into a crowd of people in the heart of Barcelona, causing a “number of deaths” and “many injuries,” a Catalan police spokesman told CNN.

Police confirmed that the incident Thursday afternoon was a terror attack. The force has activated its terror response protocols.

The Catalonian government, citing Civil Protection, said one person was confirmed dead, seven were in serious condition in hospital and 17 were injured in the incident.

It occurred near the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas, which has been sealed off, according to a police spokesman.

Catalan police told everyone in the vicinity of Plaça de Catalunya to remain inside.

Reuters reported that local emergency services have requested the closure of metro and train stations in the vicinity of the incident. Police told people to avoid the area.

Catalan police tweeted that the search for the perpetrator of what they called a “massive trampling” was continuing as of 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. E.T.)

A witness told local media the situation was “very tense” and that all surrounding shops were being evacuated. The witness said at least eight ambulances were at the scene. Emergency services said the area had been cordoned off and all public transportation stopped.

A witness who is hiding in a shop nearby heard gun shots, according to state-run broadcaster TVE24. Another witness said he saw a van driving “around 80 kilometers” per hour, or 50 mph. He said “there is no doubt it was intentional,” according to TVE24.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: “In contact with all administrations. Priority: tend to the injured in Las Ramblas and facilitate the work of security forces.”

The Catalonian regional government is convening an emergency meeting to discuss the incident, its vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, said in a tweet.

The US Consulate in Barcelona posted on Twitter: “We are aware of a reported incident at Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Please avoid the area and monitor local police @mossos for updates.”

Las Ramblas is a predominantly pedestrianized street popular among tourists in Barcelona. Located in the center of the city, the tree-lined street is especially crowded in the summer, the height of tourist season.

The promenade passes by kiosks, flower sellers, pavement cafes and bars. It includes a number of the city’s most popular sites.

Barcelona is consistently ranked one of the world’s most visited cities.

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for Barcelona.

Developing story – more to come