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BREAKING — At least 13 people have been killed and several people have been injured after a van crashed on a pavement in a popular tourist area of Barcelona, Spain authorities have said.

The vehicle hit pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the center of the city, the Ministry of the Interior said.

The street is one of the most well-known and popular parts of the city, visited by tourists and locals alike, The Telegraph reports.

Images posted on social media appear to show people being tended to as they lay on the street.

Spanish media is now reporting that armed men entered a restaurant shortly after the attack took place.

Gunfire can be heard.

One witness told Sky News: “It was quite terrifying. All of a sudden scores of people ran towards us, hysterical, children hysterical… first of all they said someone had been shot. All of a sudden a second wave of people came down the street, we just ran, I lost my husband in the melee. The shops went into lockdown mode.”

She added: “We really had no idea what was going on other than that we needed to get ourselves out of there very quickly… there was just hundreds of people running away very quickly.”

Another said: “We were just told to run, it must have been quite close because… there was an immediate stampede to run away. We were just a minute away from it.”

Catalan emergency services have asked that nearby metro stations be closed. Here are some images of the scene.

A policeman stands next to an ambulance after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons

The scene on La Rambla in Barcelona

In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street and were apparently being helped by police and others.

Police cordoned off the broad street and shut down its stores.

People are barricaded inside buildings.

Terrorists have entered a restaurant and have taken hostages.

Make no mistake- this is a massive terrorist attack.

This is a developing story.


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