THE WIRE; Van Hits Crowd In Barcelona, Injuries Reported

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A van has struck crowds of people in a tourist area in the Spanish city of Barcelona, with several people injured according to Spanish police.

The van reportedly drove at speed into the crowds of people into the Las Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona.

Spanish police confirmed reports of injuries as a result of “a massive crash”, though the number and extent of the casualties has not currently been released.

Metro stations close to site of the crash on Las Ramblas were closed. Catalan emergency services have advised people to avoid the area around Placa Catalunya.

El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.

Concerns over the incident being terrorism-related have been raised after vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe since July last year.

At this time the circumstances of the crash are not known, and police have not confirmed whether the incident was terror-related.

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