BREAKING: Van ploughs into crowd in Barcelona terror attack – ’13 dead’, dozens injured

Thursday, August 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

A VAN has ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, leaving many people dead and dozens injured.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Thirteen people are feared to have been killed and dozens injured after van ploughs into crowd in Barcelona
Driver of white van flees scene, police launch manhunt
Two armed men storm Turkish restaurant, hostages held
Police hunt second van which they believe was also involved in attack

A crowd of people were struck by a white van before gunfire is reported to have broken out at a nearby restaurant.

Two armed men are believed to have then stormed Luna de Istanbul restaurant after police said the driver fled the scene.

Local radio said 13 people have died. Police have confirmed at least two fatalities. Dozens of people have also been injured.

Barcelona media is also reporting hostages have been held in the Turkish restaurant.

Gunshots have abeen reported near the food market of La Boqueria, which is a major tourist attraction.

Police sources also said they are investigating whether a second van was involved in the incident.

Witnesses said a white van driven by a man mounted the pavement before crashing into pedestrians. The driver then fled the scene.

People have been urged to avoid the area, with crowds now shuttered inside shops in the area for their own safety.

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