Driver targets pedestrians on Las Ramblas in suspected terrorist attack at 5.20pm on Thursday.
Police confirm that 13 people have been killed and close to 100 injured, 15 seriously.
Driver fled on foot and is still on the run
Two suspects have been arrested
Another suspect was shot dead at a police checkpoint
22:48 Police have two suspects in custody
Police confirm that two suspects are under arrest and that the police operation is still continuing.
21:40 Police presence for the incident of #Barcelona is still working. We confirm two person under arrest— Mossos (@mossos) August 17, 2017
22:40 Official confirmation of the death toll of 13 people in the attack.
Authorities have confirmed that the death toll currently stands at 13 people. As for the injured, 15 have been described as serious, 23 less serious and 42 are being treated for light injuries.
22:20 Vehicle ploughs into police officers at a checkpoint
Spanish authorities said agents shot at a vehicle that forced its way through a police checkpoint in Barcelona knocking down two officers, but it was unclear whether there was any link to the deadly van rampage earlier in the city.
"In the process of closing the city of Barcelona, a vehicle forced its way through police controls and knocked down two officers," said a spokeswoman for police in Catalonia where Barcelona is located.
"Their lives are not in danger," she told AFP. "In the incident, shots were fired to try and stop the vehicle."
Police said the vehicle was later stopped in Sant Just Desvern near Barcelona. It was unclear whether the driver was still in it.
21:45 Islamic State claim responsibilty.
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
19.41 Barcelona hospitals are calling for blood donations to treat the injured. Authorities confirm there are 32 injured, of which ten are described as in a serious condition.
19.31 A second van has been stopped by police thought to be connected with the Las Ramblas attack. The van was stopped in a Burger King carpark in the city of Vic to the north of Barcelona.
19.25 RTVE is reporting that one man, named as Driss Oukabir, has been detained in connection with the attack. He is reportedly from Marseilles in France and has been living in the Catalan city of Girona. He is pictured below:
18:54 The latest reports suggest that at least ten people have been killed (according to RTVE) while Catalan channel TV3 report 13 dead.
Among those reported injured are three children.
18.27 La Vanguardia report that a man, possibly the driver of the van, is holed up in a Turkish restaurant just off the Ramblas, which is now surrounded by police.
⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠⚠— EmergènciesCatalunya (@emergenciescat) August 17, 2017
IMPORTANT: incident in Plaça Catalunya #Barcelona. Please avoid going out in this area
Police warned those in the area to get off the streets and seek safety.
There has just been a massive trampling on the Ramblas in Barcelona by a person with a van. There are injured— Mossos (@mossos) August 17, 2017
Eyewitness accounts show that panic spread as the van ploughed into crowds near the Corte Ingles in Plaza Catalunya sending people fleeing.
Estampida ahora mismo en El Corte Inglés de Plaza Catalunya en Barcelona pic.twitter.com/72LLRmJjRk— Jordi Perez Colome (@jordipc) August 17, 2017
The incident happened around 5pm.
Barcelona has shut down all metro and train stations in the vicinity and told all shops to close.
Can't believe this I'm on Ramblas, heard screaming & whole street ran- a car believed drove in2crowd- had walked down 10secs earlier pic.twitter.com/LPGBCYupfv— Aamer Anwar (@AamerAnwar) August 17, 2017
The regional president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont tweeted "Maximum caution and all attention to the victims of the incident from Barcelona this afternoon. All police operatives deployed and coordinated".
Màxima prudència i tota l'atenció a les víctimes en els successos d'aquesta tarda a Barcelona. Desplegat i coordinat tot l'operatiu policial— Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) August 17, 2017