Spanish media is reporting that thirteen people are now believed to have been killed, and dozens are injured, following a terror attack in Barcelona.
Local news organisation TV3 has said it has now has official confirmation that thirteen people are dead. It also says there are dozens of injured.
The same death toll had previously been reported by Cadena SER Radio, one of Spain’s premier radio channels, who claimed to be quoting police sources.
The radio station also reported that a Spanish identity card with an Arabic name was found inside the van used in the attack. Spanish police have said they do not know the motive behind the attack currently, but are treating it as terrorism.
Catalan police have tweeted that the incident is being seen as a terror attack, and relevant procedure is taking place.
“Terrorist attack confirmed,” they said in Spanish, via their official twitter account, “The terrorist attack protocol has been activated.”
Police have set up roadblocks around the city amid reports that a second van was involved in the attack and fled the scene.
There are also reports that at least on attacker is holed up in a Turkish restaurant on Carrer Hospital, which leads off from the spot in which the van appears to have come to a halt, reportedly on top of a Joan Miro mosaic, half-way down Las Ramblas.
That would mean the van had travelled down the crowded street for more than 500 metres. Eyewitnesses have described the van as travelling very fast, showing no signs of avoiding pedestrians it struck.
TV3 quoted one eyewitness, Lourdes Porcar, who saw the van striking pedestrians as saying, “It was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way.”