Barcelona Attacks: 100+ Injured, 13 Dead - Here's What We Know
As Europe reels from yet another Islamic State inspired terrorist attack, here’s everything we know so far about the brutal van attack in the heart of Barcelona.
Las Ramblas, a popular, mostly pedestrianized boulevard with shops, market stalls and restaurants that stretches for 1.2 km through Barcelona city and often packed with tourists.
At about 5pm local time Thursday, a rented white Fiat van mounted a pavement and plowed through pedestrians in a zigzag motion at high speed for several hundred meters, reports Reuters.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack, although neither were the driver of the van. Police confirmed one of the suspects is Moroccan, the other from the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
The driver of the van fled the scene on foot. Contrary to reports, police confirmed that he was not armed. The driver is still on the run, reports El Mundo.
A second van linked to the attack was found in the Catalan town of Vic, north of Barcelona. The vehicle was reportedly intended as the getaway car.
Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and 100 people injured, according to Joaquim Forn from Catalan’s interior ministry, who added the death toll could rise.
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack according to the terrorist group’s AMAQ news agency.