Terrorist attack in Barcelona : Multiple casualties as van ploughs into crowd at Las Ramblas
At least two people have reportedly been killed and several others are injured after a suspected terrorist crashed into a crowd of people on a pavement in a popular tourist area of Barcelona.
There are also reports of a live hostage incident at a Turkish restaurant near the scene.
The vehicle hit pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city, the Ministry of the Interior said.
Barcelona police have said they believe that the attack is terror-related.
“Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries,” a statement from Catalan police added.
The street is one of the most well-known and popular parts of the city, visited by tourists and locals alike.
Images posted on social media appear to show people being tended to as they lay on the street.
While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.