Multiple fatalities have been reported and more than 20 were injured Thursday after a van struck “dozens” of people on the famous La Rambla street in central Barcelona, Spanish police said.
Barcelona police described it as a “massive crash” that was most likely deliberate. Newspaper El Pais said two gunmen took hostages at a nearby restaurant. It is unclear how many people are trapped inside the restaurant.
Twenty people have been confirmed injured but the number is expected to rise. A stampede ensued on nearby streets as people rushed from the scene in panic, El Mundo reports.
An eyewitness said the driver of the car fled by foot. La Rambla is the main street in the Barcelona city center and the nearby area was closed off after the attack.
Vehicle attacks have become an increasingly common tactic from jihadi terrorists since a Tunisian man killed 86 people July 14, 2016 in Nice, France. Similar attacks in Berlin, Stockholm and London have since taken place.
Spain suffered a major terror attack in 2004, when 192 people were killed in coordinated train bombings in Madrid.
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