At least one person has been confirmed dead and several critically injured after a truck drove down the busiest tourist street in Barcelona. Unconfirmed reports from several sources are saying the death toll could be as high as 13.
Local reports say the drivers(s) made off on foot after mowing down dozens of tourists and is thought to be holding numerous hostages at a nearby Turkish restaurant on Carrer Tallers, near to the popular Boqueria food market.
Other reports say the hostage-takers may not be those who drove the van earlier today though are presumed to be linked to them.
Local newspaper El Periodico is reporting that negotiations were still ongoing in the restaurant and that a number of ambulances were waiting outside.
A police Twitter statement said: “If you are if you are in the area of Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona stay where you are until the police says that you can get (out).”
La Rambla is one of the busiest tourist streets in Europe and the attack came at the height of the busy holiday season. Over 100 million people walk down the famous street each year, and it’s this high-volume of pedestrians that has people concerned the number of dead will rise.
Today’s attack is the deadliest in Spain since 2004, when militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.
More to follow.
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