At least two people are now believed to have been killed, and several others are injured, after a van struck crowds in Barcelona, with Spanish police treating the situation as a terror attack.
The van struck pedestrians on Barcelona’s central Las Ramblas, an area very popular with tourists, attracting thousands every day.
Police in the city have confirmed that they are dealing with a major incident at the tourist spot, and that it is currently being treated as a “terrorist attack”.
They have reportedly requested nearby metro stations be closed, and asked people to stay away from the Placa Catalunya area.
The van is understood to have travelled some distance down Las Ramblas, with the driver reportedly fleeing the scene after the vehicle finally crashed into a newspaper kiosk.
Local news station TV3 has been quoted as saying that at least two people are dead as a result of the attack, with several others injured. There has been no official comment on fatalities, with police only confirming that injuries had been sustained.
TV3 have also reported that at least one attacker was holed up in a Turkish restaurant called Bar Luna de Istanbul. These reports have circulated by Reuters, but have not yet been confirmed by official channels.