UPDATE: WHITE CAR FIRES ON POLICE, SUSPECTS ESCAPE – Van PLOWS into crowd of people in Barcelona, Spain

Eight ambulances are on the scene in central Barcelona, Spain after a van jumped the curb and plowed into a crowd in a tourist section of the city:

 
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Here’s more:

REUTERS – A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona on Thursday and several people were injured, police in the Spanish city said.

Police described the incident on Twitter as a “massive crash”. Emergency services said people should not go to the area around the city’s Placa Catalunya, and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations.

El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.

It’s also being reported by Reuters that two armed men have entered a restaurant in Barcelona afterward:

This sounds horrible.

Also here’s a look at the van:

 
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Two reported dead in Van attack:

And Five people seriously hurt:

Here’s a report that says 2 dead and 20 are injured:

 
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WARNING THIS VIDEO OF THE AFTERMATH IS VERY GRAPHIC – PLEASE DO NOT WATCH IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE IT:

https://twitter.com/trobinsonnewera/status/898211536107393028

 
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There are multiple reports of gunshots from the restaurant:

It appears the armed men we reported earlier may have been the same involved in the van attack.

 
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The van reportedly ran into a Kosher restaurant:

 
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Police are treating as a Terrorist attack:

Spain’s El Pais newspaper says that Barcelona police are treating the van crash as a terror attack.

Authorities say a van mounted a sidewalk in the iconic Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, slamming into a crowd of pedestrians. Local media reports say there are several injured.

El Pais newspaper, citing unnamed police sources, also reported that the perpetrators are holed up in a nearby bar. Some local media have reported bursts of gunfire.

 
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Here are police searching for the man/men involved:

https://twitter.com/thevocaleurope/status/898220161630695426

 
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Van was a rental according to Fox News:

Also it appears the restaurant is a Turkish bar in which the suspect/s are hiding and they are armed, according to police:

 
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13 now reported dead by police sources, according to a Fox News correspondent:

A second van? This is the first I’ve heard about this. So take it with a grain of salt for now.

 
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Apparently there is something to do with a second van:

 
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Man who rented the van IDENTIFIED:

From El Pais:

“The van used in the attack was rented by Driss Oukabir , in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, according to the identification made by the Civil Guard”

While it’s likely, this doesn’t necessarily mean that he is the driver.

 
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CNN, among others, is reporting that one person has been detained by police and it appears to be the man that rented the vehicle:

The AP is reporting

Barcelona’s Tv3: also reported Thursday that the Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack.

 
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Police just released this statement:

Here is the translation from Google Translate:

There is no one interspersed in any bar in the center of Barcelona. We arrested a man and treated him as a terrorist attack

 
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White Ford Focus fires at police, suspects escape on foot!

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