A van crashed into a crowd of pedestrians in a tourist-heavy district in Barcelona, Spain, leaving several people injured, multiple outlets are reporting.
Police said a white van mounted a sidewalk and struck several people, resulting in two deaths and multiple injured on Plaza de Catalunya, a popular pedestrian street in the Las Ramblas district, multiple outlets are reporting, citing local police and media sources.
Police have confirmed that the incident is a terror attack. El Pais, a Spanish-language newspaper, said the driver of the van fled on foot, after “mowing down” dozens of people.
Multiple outlets, citing local police, are also reporting that the suspects have barricaded themselves in a bar near the site of the crash.
“In touch with all authorities, priority is to attend to the wounded and facilitate the work of first responders and police,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey tweeted.
Catalan emergency services have asked to close public transportation in the area of the crash, and are asking people to stay out of the area.
The Spanish National Police have asked bystanders not to share photos of the crash out of respect for the victims.
Pictures show emergency services responding:
Sky News has video of the incident, which the reporter described as “pandemonium”
A twitter user also posted a picture of what appears to be the van:
Here’s a map of the area:
Videos show armed police looking for the suspects:
This is a developing story.