Terrorist Attack in Central Barcelona

At least 80 reported injured, 12 confirmed dead


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Emergency medics wheel away victim at Barcelona attack

Maria Miller, Flightline Editor-in-Chief

*Live updates to come as available*

12:50 p.m.: Police reported having one suspect in custody, and he is being considered a terrorist

1:30 p.m.: Catalan official stated 13 dead, 50 injured

1:33 p.m.: Catalan police are evacuating citizens from the Las Ramblas area due to a manhunt 

2:14 p.m.: President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont has announced that a second arrest was made 

2:17 p.m.: Official casualty toll: 12 dead 80 hospitalized 

2:37 p.m.: A separate driver hits 2 police officers; is later located by other officers; a connection, if any to, between the attacks is unknown 

2:42 p.m.: Islamic state group claims credit for the first van attack 

2:50 p.m.: A bomb squad is canvassing the surrounding area of where the officers were hit

4:00 p.m.: 3 days of mourning have been declared, 100 injured and 13 confirmed dead; numbers could rise due to serious injuries

4:08 p.m.: Senior police official connects van attack to explosion that occurred yesterday, killing one  

4:09 p.m.: Neither of the suspects arrested by the police was the driver in the van attack 

7:05 p.m.: Several people have been killed by Spanish police during an anti-terror operation south of Barcelona 

9:43 p.m.: Police have killed the fifth terrorist suspect; six civilians injured in the process 

The incident: Aug. 17, 2017 — A white van crashes into a heavily populated crowd of tourists in central Barcelona’s historic district injuring more than 32, at least 10 of which are considered critical, and possibly killing 13, at least one of which is confirmed. Gunfire was reported at the scene, and Spanish police are treating it as a terrorist attack; however, the driver’s motive is currently unknown. President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, called for ‘maximum caution’ and that all attention should be on the victims.

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Aftermath of the van used to run over multiple people.

The pursuit and perpetrators: The driver of the van fled on foot. A Spanish ID card with an Arab-sounding name was reportedly found in the van; police did not release the name. Two suspects, considered armed and dangerous, are currently in a bar holding a possible hostage situation.

Police have requested that the Metro station be temporarily shut down, and the surrounding streets cleared. Up to 600 people have been reported waiting for the all clear in surrounding shops, restaurants, and churches.

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Victims of the attack making their way off the streets, and out of danger.

Eye witness accounts: A taxi driver reports seeing multiple people being run over. Multiple civilians recall mass panic, people screaming for their loved ones, two armed men fleeing the scene, and police arriving quickly.   

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