Barcelona: Victim of Van Attack

Barcelona: Victim of Van Attack

By Loren Howarth

On a relaxing Thursday afternoon in Barcelona’s popular tourist avenue, Las Ramblas, a van collided into pedestrians and disturbed the peace.

The driver of the vehicle fled from the scene on foot, with a manhunt now underway.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack, through their official online news agency Amaq.

Australian Julia Monaco was there and said everybody was calm, until suddenly everything changed.

“Suddenly, everybody in that square was just running … they had seen or heard, had terrified them truly, and they just started running.”

Susan McClean who spoke to SKY news, was a witness of the attack, and said as the event unfolded, limited information was available about what was happening.

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, addressed the attack, and said Australian authorities will continue to stand together with the Spanish, in the battle against terrorism.

At least sixteen people have been killed, but authorities expect that number to rise. One hundred people are injured, fifteen are seriously harmed.

It has been confirmed that a New South Wales woman is in hospital in a serious condition, while two young men have also been impacted, however their condition is unknown.

United States President Mike Pence also condemned the attack, and offered his support to Spain.

Hours after the attack in Las Ramblas, Spanish Police shot and killed several people in a town south of Barcelona, named Cambrils. The attackers were said to be wearing explosive belts.

 

This came after police suspected a similar terror attack would occur in the seaside resort town.

Authorities have linked the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, with an explosion at a home in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday evening, which left one person dead.

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